1230 Fifth Avenue, El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio

Housed in a neo-classical building that shares space with offices and a school, El Museo del Barrio (“The Museum of the Neighborhood”, often shortened to “El Museo”) was founded in 1969 and moved to its current location at 1230 Fifth Avenue in 1977.  A significant collection of pre-Columbian and traditional Native and Latin American art… Continue reading

1212 Fifth Avenue

1212 Fifth Avenue

An unusual building designed in 1926 by architectural brothers George and Edward Blum, 1212 Fifth Avenue was renovated as a condominium residence in 2012 by S. Russell Groves.  Replacement windows give the façade an unfortunately blank look.

666 FifthAvenue

666 Fifth Avenue

An aluminum panel-clad monolith completed in 1957 to designs by Carson & Lundin, 666 Fifth Avenue’s address once blazed devilishly from the upper stories in the form of a gigantic neon sign.  Interior treatments of the unique open-ended T-shaped lobby included an interior wwaterfall by artist Isamu Noguchi, while the celebrated “Top of the Sixes”… Continue reading

572 Fifth Avenue and 574 Fifth Avenue

572 Fifth Avenue & 574 Fifth Avenue

Two neighboring buildings, one recently shorn of all exterior detail, the other currently under construction: we’ll be taking a closer look at 572 Fifth Avenue and 574 Fifth Avenue when the netting comes down. 574 Fifth Avenue has a Flemish Renaissance exterior that is rivaled on Fifth Avenue only by 166 Fifth Avenue in the… Continue reading

554 Fifth Avenue & 556 Fifth Avenue

554 Fifth Avenue & 556 Fifth Avenue

One of the most bizarre architectural remnants of Gilded Age New York, 556 Fifth Avenue was constructed in 1912 to designs by New York Public Library architects Carrere & Hastings for the prestigious Knoedler Gallery, one of city’s oldest such institutions. Acquired by the Philippines government after Knoedler moved further uptown, in 1974 the façade… Continue reading

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