Sunday, July 16, 2017

Who's Missing? The Former Location of Municipal Art Masterpiece - The Triumph of Civic Virtue - Opened To The Public at Queens Borough Hall. (July 16, 2017)

  
   Almost 5 years since the ignominious transport to Brooklyn of the famed sculptor Frederick MacMonnies' "The Triumph of Civic Virtue" carved by the acclaimed Italian-American marble cutters, the Piccirilli Brothers, the beloved missing statue's remaining fountain base and surroundings are ready for public usage.
   (See exclusive coverage of the removal of the statue on December 15, 2012 HERE.  Also, the statue's emplacement in Brooklyn's Green-Wood cemetery immediately thereafter on December 19, 2012 HERE.   And again, the Green-Wood cemetery emplacement site on the one-year anniversary of Civic Virtue's removal, December 15, 2013 HERE.)




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Monday, July 10, 2017

EXCLUSIVE. After Decades Missing, Steinway Mansion Portico Roof Being Reconstructed. Mansion Update (July 10, 2017)

PHOTO 1.   Nineteenth century drawing showing the portico's roof
with balustrade fencing on top (large red hand).  Similar balustrade fencing atop the tower
surrounding the cupola (smaller red hand) - presently missing as well.

PHOTO 2.  The Steinway family in this late 19th century photo
under the roofed portico entrance.

PHOTO 3.  The late mansion former owner, Mike Halberian, points to the
missing portico roof which was removed decades ago because of its
dilapidated condition.   Note extensive foreground landscaping which
no longer exists because of the presence of newly-constructed warehouses.

PHOTO 4.   Mike Halberian standing in the same spot as the Steinway family
seen in Photo 2 (above).   Mike's pet chicken, seen here in the foreground is positioned
at about the second floor of the intruding newly-constructed warehouses.

PHOTO 5.  The beginning of the reconstruction of the portico's roof.

PHOTO 6.  Portico roof reconstruction.

PHOTO 7.  Portico roof reconstruction.  Note flower urns seen in photo 1.

PHOTO 8.  Portico roof reconstruction.

PHOTO 9.  Way atop the tower, the now copper-clad cupola's weathered plywood door
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PHOTO 10.   Copper rain leader.

PHOTO 11.  Extensive use of copper materials in building renovation.  
Seen here: Copper flashing.


To what purpose all of this?   Now that the
magnificent entrance view toward the 1858 NYC
landmarked edifice cannot be seen from street level? 
(Photo 12 below.)  What could have been an artistically-stirring vista to the Mansion's grand entrance
(see Mike Halberian's "chicken photo" #4 above) has
now been obliterated by the warehouse construction. 
  What kind of nincompoop architect designed this?
   What kind of nitwit owners acquiesced to this design? 
  What kind of jack-ass Chamber of Commerce gave these mooks an award of distinction for
this aesthetic mayhem?
  (See our post of last December 21.)



PHOTO 12.  Newly-constructed warehouses and the Steinway Mansion as seen
from 41st Street, between Berrian Boulevard and 19th Avenue.




Sunday, June 25, 2017

Steinway Mansion Update: Copper Cladded Cupola (June 25, 2017)


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Steinway Mansion Update: the Tower Cupola (June 21, 2017)

New roofing for the tower cupola's roof and emplacement of weather underlayment on the cupola's walls.

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