New York City Center Terra Cotta Piece
From the exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks
This terra cotta piece is from the facade of New York City Center, not far from Carnegie Hall. Built in the Moorish Revival style, it was formerly known as the Mecca Temple, run by the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or the Shriners, who used to hold their meetings in Carnegie Hall. Not surprisingly, architect Harry P. Knowles was a master mason. In 2010, the building underwent a $75 million renovation.