Carnegie Hall Original and Replacement Bricks

Saving Place_MCNY_NYC_Untapped Cities_bhushan mondkar-009From the exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

On the right is an original brick from the facade of Carnegie Hall, in a distinctive iron-spotted terra cotta. In the back is the replacement brick, of slightly smaller dimensions with holes cut out in the brick. As reviewed in The New York Times, “Not the least of the pleasures of this restored facade is the reminder it offers that superb craftsmanship and traditional materials are still available, if not as plentiful as in the past. Neither the newly made terra cotta nor the new Roman brick are noticeably inferior to the originals, and if this same level of care is carried all the way around the building’s exterior, Carnegie Hall will come to look as it always should have.”