Greetings, and welcome to another episode of Where & When, the game that makes you think, “Hmm, that must have been nice back in the day” or something similar to that. Well, the Hot Stove is burning bright this winter and we haven’t even gotten to the Winter Meetings yet. Nothing much else going on in New York except us; we’re the next hottest game in town, folks! At least we like to think it is, and our hungry regulars like to keep us relevant during a down year for New York in general. So while we sweat by the wood burner and wonder WWJZD and how sternly Boras is frowning on the way to the bank, let us ponder the graceful ornaments of these interesting structures:
This pic was taken about 20 years before the houses were taken down and twenty years before a very iconic Chevy rolled off the assembly lines of GM plants. There were similar, but less-ornamental structures around the block that were both either owned or named after one of the old New York land-owning families of old. It is said that quite a few famous artists and authors lived rather bohemian lifestyles here during its existence. Today, you would never notice the remnants of these buildings unless you were close enough to have lunch (or take part in a flea market perhaps), but some things in the picture still survive. You can use all of these clues to find the correct answer, plus if you’re feeling empirical you can tell us a little about the designer of the houses and a couple of other designs he had done in his day that also remain to this day.
A (dare I say) rare mix of our favorite stuff for the first person to post the correct answers below, and an Old Philly for the rest of us (though I’m not entirely sure I’m being fair this time around)… feel free to post your thoughts, invite your family and friends and tease each other over this one; it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. You can also discuss other elements in this picture for a bonus. I’ll check back in the afternoon as usual and throughout the morning if need be. Enjoy the game!
[Photo Credit: Berenice Abbot and Ephemeral New York]