Distressed symmetry (symmetry #39)


Fading beauty, May 8, 2017

It seems this building is a branch of the Police Athletic League, but it looks like it might be either under repair or in need of repair! The building has a long history: it was designed by architect Thomas R. Jackson (read about him here) and built in 1855. Before it was occupied by the Police Athletic League, it was a girls’ high school, but it was originally built to be Public School 47, which was one of the first American public schools designed specifically for girls. Famous educator Lydia Wadleigh was its principle for a time (read about her here). My American Institute of Architects’ guide to New York City dubs the building “proper but gloomy.”

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