Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Remuddling in 9th St.
These two buildings in 9th St. between 4th & 5th Avenues were once twins. Both are 8-family walk-up "flats", originally two apartments per floor. But the building on the left has lost the twin full-height, three-sided bays, leaving replacement double windows and mismatched brick scars running up the facade where the bays used to be. The cornice is completely obliterated.
Oddly, in the face of all this destruction, the original horizontal banding between the upper floors was thoughtfully extended across the full width of the facade... a nice touch? Or just weird?