6. Passing of the Brownstone Front

“The Passing of the Brownstone Front.” Thirty Years of New York, 1892-1912: New York Edison Company (1913)

In his drawings, Bailey often celebrates the new while also documenting the old slipping away. This drawing is a general commentary on the architectural transition that the city was experiencing in the new century. Brownstones were no longer being built and many were being replaced by new, larger and taller buildings faced with other materials including limestone and brick.