The Financial District Pharaohs

I’m not sure how well you can see these from the ground, but adorning the corners of this building are some great pharaohs, complete with headdresses and wings:

Pharaohs - 01

Pharaohs - 02

Pharaohs - 03

As a sidenote, if you look at the buildings to the left, you’ll see some bear heads keeping watch:

Pharaohs - 04


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  1. WHY do they put this fabulous stuff so high only the pidgeons can see them…and you. Are they supposed to be secret…like where’s Waldo or some kind of code?

  2. Scout, I love your work, don’t stop. I follow your blog daily! I thought I was the only one who stopped and took notice of architectural details … my wife teases me. Anyway, I think these flourishes are signs of craftsman’s pride … these gleaming glass-curtain buildings that are being thrown up now have none of these details … they are homogenized and boring.

  3. It would be interesting to know when this was built. There was something of an Egyptian Revival after Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922.

  4. More on the Egyptian theme: have you seen the apartment building on the north side of West 70th St. bet. Broadway & Columbus? The name escapes me at the moment.

    Love your blog.

  5. I would love to know the address of this building if you have it.
    Thanks 🙂

  6. Great history,