The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

A Sterling Reputation: 1906

A Sterling Reputation: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Gorham Co. building, Fifth Avenue and 36th Street." New headquarters, designed by Stanford White, of the noted silver-making concern. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dormers

What I like is the shape of the dormers in the roof of the Decorators & Woodworkers firm called "B.F. Ruber & Co." (or something like that).

Worry

Why should I worry? It is over 100 years ago. But if the man in the middle steps off the plank, the man on the right is toast. Elementary physics. Health and safety eat your heart out. Enough material here for a convention.

Modified and Modernized in 1960

Architect Herbert Tannenbaum tried to persuade the owner to retain the original design. But, Mr. Tannenbaum said, "They told me 'Do it or we'll get someone else.' " More here.

"Look, Ma"

No nets. No harnesses or hardhats, either. A fellow better pay attention up there, because that first step's a lulu!

The stonework on the building is truly wonderful, though. I'm glad to see that it's still around, but I can't stand the facade it now wears!

Hear that sound?

Its Stanford White spinning in his grave. That poor, beautiful building didn't survive the "updated" facade treatment of the tasteless 50s/60s/70s. "Hey, hand me the angel stone."

Up In The Balcony

I thought it was interesting that despite some of the changes to the facade of this great building, the two balconies on the front and side still remain. I couldn't quite make it out in street view, but I am guessing that the "G" monograms are still there as well.

More construction pics

Love this building. Great proportions and not too heavy on the wedding cake clutter either. But it's the building under construction next door I dig. Wish there were more of these old construction photos somewhere to view. Methods, materials, tools.

Survivor

Most of the Google Street Views that I see posted are in vivid colour. For a change, I thought I would send in the present day view in black and white. Perhaps a new Shorpy category: "Decolorized"?

Stanford White's artistry & the little building alongside

One is struck by the masterful detail of White's building: on the lower floors; near the top and on the roofline.

But one can't help but notice the work-in-progress on the attached building. What is it, 25 feet wide and several floors? Well at least they constructed a sort of pedestrian protective walkway! In the Manhattan of recent decades these go on for entire blocks.

Proportions

This is a very precise and exquisite building. I like the upper two stories with their larger scale windows and that wonderful cornice. It looks like it extends out a good or 8 feet from the face of the building proper. I'd love to see a shot from the other side to see how he handled the cornice line along the shared property line.

Sad to see what's happened to the lower floors; wonder if the arches are still there waiting for someone to let them be seen again.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.