Above Broadway

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Twelve stories above the corner of Broadway and Walker Streets in Tribeca sits the magnificent cornice of 395 Broadway.  The 1901 sheet metal cornice was in sad condition when CTA began working on the restoration of the building in 2000.  Pieces of the ornate pressed metal were missing and in some cases the metal had corroded through leaving holes.

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In order to confirm that there was no major damage to the supporting structure we cut a sizable hole in  the top surface wood decking and climbed down into the hollow cornice.  We were pleasantly surprised to see that the early Twentieth Century steel and brick support structure was in remarkably good condition.  Another surprise - when we looked down we saw intermittent flashes of yellow.  Turns out that we  were so far out over the street these flashes of yellow were taxis going down Broadway as viewed through the holes in the sheet metal.  

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brought to you by Dan Allen



Like a puzzle, the terra cotta cornice at 36 Gramercy Park East is made up of many pieces that are similar but unique. Although many of the pieces appear to be the same, the dimensions vary ever so slightly. This makes resetting the pieces a challenge for even the most skilled Tetris champion.

Terra cotta cornice detail at 36 Gramercy Park East brought to you by Jiro Baskin.