9. The Original Whitney Museum Sign Is Hidden Below the Current NYSS Sign

Whitney Studio. Photo from New York Studio School. The original sign of the museum, on the building that now houses the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. 

In August 2015, the city’s art aficionados were treated to an unexpected visit from the past. The original facade of the West 8th Street location of the Whitney Museum was visible for just a few days while the New York Studio School refurbished its own sign that hung over the door. It was the probably the first time in 48 years that the original engraving “Whitney Museum of American Art” was visible at this location. The cast-iron eagle and fluted columns have always been uncovered.