14 April 2011

Nice Decorative Hole in the Wall You've Got There


At the northeast corner of Avenue C and E. 7th is the finest hole in the wall in Alphabet City.

Obviously, this beauteous piece of terra cotta work once surrounded a lovely clock. The clock was provided by the Public National Bank Building. This bank branch was erected in 1923 by architect Eugene Schoen. Schoen's work around the clock was inspired by Josef Hoffman, a founder of the Viennese Secession. The building was sold in 1954; Public National was bought out a year later. It was a nursing home for a while. Now it's a residence. It was declared a landmark in 2008. But what time is it?



6 comments:

bigmissfrenchie said...

Not to be a you-know-what, 'cause you know I love your blog, but shouldn't that be "Hole?"

Brooks of Sheffield said...

Yes. Stupid spelling error on my part. But I make one of those every day.

ron said...

Shouldn't that be, "Yes, stupid, spelling error...."

Brooks of Sheffield said...

Ha.

Ken Mac said...

love that joint.

Tinderbox said...

Great colors! They appear to be original and not painted on. I don't think I've seen such a thing before on a facade.