Ernest Flagg

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Architecture, Features, History

Original Penn Station, lost NYC landmarks, McKim Mead & White, Penn Station waiting room

At Monday’s MCNY symposium “Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century,” starchitect Robert A.M. Stern lamented about 2 Columbus Circle and its renovation that rendered it completely unrecognizable. What Stern saw as a modernist architectural wonder, notable for its esthetics, cultural importance (it was built to challenge MoMA and the prevailing architectural style at the time), and history (the building originally served as a museum for the art collection of Huntington Hartford), others saw as a hulking grey slab. Despite the efforts of Stern and others to have the building landmarked, it was ultimately altered completely.

This story is not unique; there are plenty of worthy historic buildings in New York City that have been heavily changed, let to fall into disrepair, or altogether demolished. And in many of these cases, the general public realized their significance only after they were destroyed. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the NYC landmarks law, we’ve rounded up some of the most cringe-worthy crimes committed against architecture.

Check out our list right here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

561 Broadway, Little Singer Building, wrought iron arches in front of French doors

An opportunity to live in architect Ernest Flagg’s Little Singer Building may already be considered a treat by many, but take one step inside this 2,300-square-foot loft, on the market for $6,250,000, and you’ll immediately see that this particular unit has a little something extra up its sleeve. Thanks to the building’s distinctive original façade, which convenes to form an elaborate wrought iron arch right in front of unit 11A, residents and friends alike will always be able to enjoy a perfectly framed view of downtown Soho.

Take a look inside, here

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