Over The Door

As you can tell from the recent posts, I’ve been spending a lot of time around the West 70’s recently. Two quick doorways:

I like the little relief over this doorway, in which two angels (or babies?) are holding a cloth that has the building number written on it.

Doorway 03

I think I like it because the angels look not so much like they’re peacefully holding the cloth, but more like they’re engaged in some sort of biblical tug-of-war. Also, the craftsmanship is a bit shoddy, so their faces are amusing (the one on the right looks unhappy…maybe because he’s losing?).

Doorway 04

Also, I dig this creepy entrance…

Doorway 01

…complete with an appropriately creepy number font.

Doorway 02


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  1. Hey — what about those HUGE keystones over the window to the left of 170’s door? They are the big hair of architecture!

  2. Love the font on 170. Very Art Nouveau, which I suppose fits with the romanticized rustication and entwined tendril motif. Looks like a place where Aubrey Beardsley might hang out…

  3. Angel babies, aka cherubs!