06 January 2010

Angle Yourself In

I like this double storefront on Nassau Street. It possessed a unique entry system that must have been fairly common at one point, but now is rather rare. Notice how the doors to both stores sit next to each other, but at a diagonal, creating a sort of shared triangular stoop. It's as if the two stores are in communication with one another, a design that is both practical (a customer can't help, while entering one store, but be aware of the other) and stylish, adding depth and variety to what otherwise would have been a flat facade. Notice, too, the fine metalwork above. Individual roller shutters have marred what must have originally been must-more-attractive doorways.

This was once the offices of the Evening Mirror, where E.A. Poe once wrote.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Edgar Allan Poe? Awesome.