Friday, July 22, 2016

Mortellito Murals, Post Office, Port Chester, New York

Life Saver factory and Ward's Castle

Domenico Mortellito (1907-1994) attended Pratt Inst. (1920s) and was muralist for 1939 World's Fair.  The Post Office was built in 1934.  It was designed by consulting architects Zoller and Muller for the Office of the Supervising Architect, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.  Funding for the murals was provided by the Treasury Relief Art Project (TRAP). created in 1935 by a Works Progress Administration grant awarded to the Treasury Department, TRAP was formed to give work to unemployed artists. The lobby features four large murals and nine lunettes, designed by Domenico Mortellito (and assisted by Gustavo Cenci, 1897-1982) and installed in 1936.

Musician and Doctor & Nurse

Firemen and Postman

Policeman and Carpenter

Baker and Policeman

Dock Workers
Russell Burdsall and Ward Nuts & Bolts factory

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

VIA 57 West, Manhattan, New York, New York

VIA 57 West (marketed as VIΛ 57WEST) is the name of a residential building designed by the Copenhagen and New York based architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The pyramid shaped tower block or "tetrahedron" rises 467 ft and 35 stories tall and is located on West 57th St in Hell's Kitchen.   According to The New York Times, the name was chosen "because the southbound West Side Highway slopes down as drivers enter the city, right at the spot where the building is situated," acting like a gateway to Manhattan.

Monday, July 18, 2016

High Line, 28 - 34 St., Manhattan, New York, New York

Israeli architect Zaha Hadid's residences on 520 W 28th St featured here.

view Empire State Bldg