Tuesday, September 11, 2012

his heart was a purple castle

images: all via my instagram

1. building on 2nd St, Philadelphia
2. 30th St. Station, Philadelphia
3 & 4. vintage typewriters
5. 7-9 East 72nd St, Manhattan
6. 9 East 72nd Street, Manhattan
7. closeup of door: 9 East 72nd St, Manhattan
8. The Lotos Club at 5 East 66th St, Manhattan by Richard Howland Hunt

Note on 5, 6, 7: -- for more information on what I believe to be one of the most beautiful homes in Manhattan (7-9 East 72nd St.), click here and here. Originally two separate homes -- each a masterpiece in its own right -- they have since been joined to form the largest private residence in NYC. (There's quite a history in between, as you might expect.) These two gilded age beauties were designed by different architects. The Jennings home (the "smaller" one on the left) was designed by Flagg & Chambers, and finished in 1899, whereas the Sloane home (right) was designed by Carrere & Hastings, and completed in 1896. Both are examples of the Beaux-Arts style that reigned during this time...and leaves us with some of our most beautiful architecture to date.

"I didn't want to disturb the silence around it, I suppose, or betray it by turning it into a story."
- Nicole Krauss


  1. Such gorgeous architecture. Great photos!

    <3 Josephine

  2. Love these photos!
    Your blog is great too, going back to check out past posts now!
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC??



    Ohhh by the way we have a great giveaway on at the moment!

  3. Oh wow, the architecture of 5,6 & 7 is so stunning! Really beautiful, I love how they both look so similar & sit beside each other in perfect harmony & yet it's clear each architect has added their own little individual touches. Fascinating history too!

  4. Wow! What gorgeous architecture. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!


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