Nicholas C. and Agnes Benziger House

Nicholas C. and Agnes Benziger House

Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

The Nicholas C. and Agnes Benziger House is one of Harlem’s last remaining freestanding mansions. Benziger, a Swiss emigre, was a successful publisher, manufacturer, and importer of books and articles used in Catholic worship. Designed by William Schickel, a prominent German-born architect, the house was built in 1890-91, when many picturesque villas were constructed along the eastern ridge of lower Washington Heights, overlooking the Bronx and the Harlem plain.

The building’s eclectic style incorporates mostly medieval forms inspired by central European sources. Among the design’s most notable features are the flared mansard roof, pierced by numerous gabled dormers, and the facade’s richly-colored ironspot brickwork.

In 1920, Dr. Henry W. Lloyd converted the house into a hospital. After World War n, a nursery school occupied the building, and later, it was used as a hotel. Since 1989, it has been owned by the Broadway Housing Development Fund Company, a non-profit organization providing permanent housing for formerly homeless adults.

Despite some alterations and additions to the exterior over the past century, much of the original historic fabric and landscape surrounding the house remains intact.

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The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building

5th Avenue & 34th Street, NYC

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The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world). The Empire State Building was once again demoted to second-tallest building in New York on April 30, 2012, when the new One World Trade Center reached a greater height. The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 22nd-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj … Read More

Home Renovation, Gramercy Park

Home Renovation, Gramercy Park

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Empire State – NY – Aerial Check out

Empire State - NY - Aerial View

The Empire State Creating is a 102-story skyscraper positioned in Midtown Manhattan, New York Metropolis, on Fifth Avenue in between West 33rd and thirty fourth Streets. It has a roof peak of 1,250 toes (380 m), and with its antenna spire incorporated, it stands a total of 1,454 toes (443 m) large. Its title is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest making for nearly forty a long time, from its completion in early 1931 right up until the topping out of the first Globe Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970. Next the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Creating was once more the tallest making in New York (though it was no more time the tallest in the US or the planet), right up until 1 Globe Trade Heart achieved a larger peak on April thirty, 2012. The Empire State Creating is at present the fourth-tallest concluded skyscraper in the United States (just after the 1 Globe Trade Heart, the Willis Tower and Trump Intercontinental Hotel and Tower, equally in Chicago), and the twenty fifth-tallest in the planet (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, positioned in Dubai). … Read More