The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue
Now part of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, the original building at 66 Fifth Avenue has been attributed to theater architect Thomas W. Lamb, who also designed the apartment house at 51 Fifth; if it was not a retrofitting of an older building, 66 Fifth was a highly unusual exterior design for Lamb, more redolent of the late 19th century’s Richardsonian Romanesque than anything he produced. Evidently nothing of the theater’s interior remains.
Reconfigured for the New School by architect Lyn Rice, the structure now boasts a dynamic metallic canopy that doubles (if you look up at it from below) as signage for the building.
See our upcoming installment of “Faces on Fifth” for a closer look at 66 Fifth and a talk with Radhika Subramaniam, the Director/Chief Curator of the Center.