Photo by myself in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The Williamsburg Art and Historical Society was originally a bank constructed in the mid-1860's. Its rusticated ground floor and overall detailing make it look like an Italian palazzo, or urban palace.
The balusters enclose a 'moat', which allows light and air into the basement story.
Today, the New York Times printed a photo of Frank Gehry's first building in New York City. Gehry is perhaps the most sought-after American architect right now, whose huge sculptural buildings seem to defy gravity.
Gehry's skyscraper located downtown near City Hall. A residential tower, it will be clad in stainless steel.
The photo rendering shows the building to be sleek and shiny, which is deceptive. Stainless won't rust, since it has a low chromium content. Most likely the building will have a metallic lustre, much like Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA.
A friend of mine worked at Tiffany while Gehry was developing his signature jewelry line. Apparently he is a humorous, easy going guy who loves to curse. You can see the jewelry here. Some pieces are whimsical, others geometric.
I'm looking forward to seeing the building. New York has had a lot of 'celebrity' architect-designed residential towers lately. There's 15 Central Park West by Robert A. M. Stern, the residential towers by Richard Meier on Perry Street, and Astor Place by Gwathmey Siegel, to name a few.
The above architects might not be household names, but they are among the more well-known living signature architects. All are considered New York architects except for Gehry, who practices in Los Angeles.
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