I was walking past this art deco apartment building on East 67th Street yesterday…
…when I noticed a series of really neat animal designs surrounding this side entrance.
Above the door, a bulldog:
Perched in the corners are an unhappy-looking dog and a menacing-looking rabbit:
And above the entrance is this fanciful relief:
It seemed a bit out of place, as the rest of the building is pretty much stone, with no adornment above the first floor. Then I noticed the animal motif continues across the ground floor. For example…
…this owl above a window:
On this window…
…an eagle looks down…
…with cats perched in either corner.
The next window also has an eagle, but features more intricate design work on either side:
The entrance is equally decorated:
Over the doorway is this arch – note the deco-style triangles lining the flowers. Also note the row of men on the outer rim…
…oddly, leading up to this smiling bat in the dead center!
More animals crowded in:
On either side is a vertical row of various animals:
And more animals:
Beneath this lantern beside the door…
…are a circle of really cool deco-style birds holding it up. Look really closely at the spiraling detail:
There’s not much building history to report. It was designed by Andrew J. Thomas and constructed in 1931. The red brick is intended to match the nearby Armory. And it apparently has one of the nicest building courtyards in the city, which I was only able to glimpse at through the front door:
I’ll definitely try to check it out sometime soon.