I was walking south down Broadway from 34th Street today when I saw this pretty amazing temple perched on top of a building at the corner of 28th Street:
See it, jutting out from the left hand corner? It’d be sort of boring if it was just a building motif that spanned the entire top level, but the fact that it only occupies one corner makes it seem as though a temple was lifted out of Greece and randomly deposited on the roof. I was amazed by the wooden beach house on top of an East Village apartment building, but a temple really takes it to a new level.
Crazy. Apparently, the Baudoine Building, as the letters on one side denote it, was once owned by Chas. A. Baudouine, a leading NY cabinet maker (note: am I wrong, or does the temple seem to have a DirecTV dish?”).
According to this NY Times FYI, the building, including its Greco-Roman Temple, was built in 1896 and designed by Alfred Zucker.
The Times article notes that someone actually lives here. I wonder what the rent for a temple is.