Wednesday, January 13, 2010

While we're on the subject...

While we're on the subject of architecture, there is a wonderful Scottish Gothic building (gargoyles and all) up the street from my studio. The McIntyre building at Broadway and 18th Street was designed in 1892 by Robert H. Robertson for Ewen McIntyre. It is very ornate and decorative, all recently revealed through restoration. The amount and style of details boggles the mind, including a prominent cross at the top. I have even heard the building described as "unspeakable eclectic."

This is a Japanese view, like the moon hidden by the clouds or a few blades of grass held to the night. Stripped of its detail, the shadow building still has a distinct and pious fingerprint and is no less beautiful.

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