Architectural symmetry #8

Grosvenor Private Stables, September 15, 2013

Grosvenor Private Boarding Stable, September 15, 2013

A nice specimen of architectural symmetry, and one with an interesting history, too, which is wonderfully documented at this site here. The author notes that the Grosvenor Private Boarding Stable dates back to the Civil War and before; as he explains,

The handsome three-story brick stable most likely sheltered the carriages and horses of a wealthy Washington Square homeowner.  On the upper floors of the 26-foot wide structure one or two employees – grooms or drivers, for instances – would have lived.

As you’ll see if you read the history, ever since the turn of the twentieth century, it’s been solely a residence for humans!

I like the way the light around the lamp to the right (and barely visible emanating from the lamp on the left behind the tree) has a slight Magritte effect, I think, in the sense explained in this post here .

Twilight after Magritte ~

Waverly St. houses, 4:40 PM, November 25, 2012

This photo is the Boomerang‘s answer to those paintings by Magritte, in which a light is on by a house, which makes the scene around it look dark, while the light of the sky above still looks almost day-light bright! This blog here has a couple examples. The photo below has a similar effect though it really looks altogether darker (though it was taken a few minutes earlier!):

Sixth Ave and West 4th St, 4:35 PM, November 25, 2012

The building with the clock tower is the wonderful Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, which was built in 1883 (though as a court house, not a library!). Read more about it here.