Love of Architectural Details


detail of StairsI love architectural details.  Doesn’t matter if they’re old or new.  I guess this comes from years of spending many hours with architects and interior designers.  I spent my early years shooting interior design stories during the rise of the shelter magazine.  I’ve also formed a great respect for the use of different materials in both interior and exterior construction.  Living in Brooklyn and in New York City, I’m exposed to an almost consent re-birth of old buildings and neighborhoods.  As a result, the craftsmanship and attention to detail of the “old world” is juxtaposed to new thought and innovation almost everywhere you look.

detail of a standpipeAs a result, I see old beauty replaced with poor new ideas on a regular basis.  I also see some incredible examples of “out of the box” thinking as well.  Don’t get me wrong, not everything old is beautiful or well thought out.  Just like today, compromises were made resulting in less than stellar results and it’s fun to try to figure what was the cause.  Lack of money, taste or talent, was and is usually the culprit.  I live in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, so named for the slope of the hill leading down from Prospect Park.  As you walk down the slope, the age and affluence of the areas original inhabitants is reflected in the architecture.

detail of the 4th avenue subway bridgeAlmost 175 years of style and design are in full view. Everything from some of the original pre-civil war farmhouses, to the beautiful Art deco details of the 4th Avenue and 9th Street subway bridge completed around 1929 still stand.  The bad news is that current developers, at times, seem to have an unbelievable disrespect of the surrounding buildings and visual feel for the neighborhood in general.  A lot of the  new construction gives not a fig for the beauty of the building next to it.  Truly unfortunate but all the more reason to record the good stuff both old and new…

triptych of architectural details

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