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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.

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Equitable Trust: 1921

Equitable Trust: 1921

New York, 1921. Equitable Trust Building and Hotel Biltmore. View full size. Photograph by Irving Underhill.


Roosevelt Hotel

The building on bottom left is the Railroad YMCA Bldg. which was demolished for the Roosevelt Hotel circa 1924 which takes up the whole block from 45th to 46th and Vanderbilt Avenue to Madison Avenue.The tall building on the left next to Grand Central on Vanderbilt Avenue is the Vanderbilt Concourse Bldg. Behind it on Vanderbilt Avenue and 44th is the Yale Club. Behind the Equitable Trust Bldg. on Madison Avenue is #343-345 and behind these is #341 Apartments on 44th and Madison.Behind the Biltmore is the Bank of the Manhattan Co., also known as Charles And Company. Behind it is the Liggett Bldg. And behind Liggett is the Manhattan Hotel, birthplace of the Manhattan Cocktail.Biltmore Hotel was built in 1913, demolished 1981. Love this website, Peace.


The very last building on the right is the Manhattan Hotel.

Re: OK, I give up

That's the cornice on the roof of the building the camera is on.

OK, I give up

What are the doohickies next to the road on the right? Look like drainage culverts and was the rock field construction or landfill?

[It's the edge of the roof. - Dave]

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