Terra cotta has been used on many of the buildings throughout New York City, imparting a characteristic grace to our streetscape.  Most often its use is subtle and difficult to spot as it can be glazed in greys and beiges to mimic granite and limestone.  But there is one delightful example on the Upper West Side that celebrates its terra cotta, unmistakably as orange as a flower pot, and even more striking in its details. Not every joint is perfect, but that adds to the charm of a building covered in clay!  I had walked past it dozens of times on the way to one of CTA’s restoration projects a block away, but finally took a few moments to look and appreciate the details of the Lucerne Hotel, truly an icon and, in my mind, the ultimate NYC spokesmodel for terra cotta.

Views of the Lucerne Hotel terra cotta brought to you by Laura Termini-Lande.