Demolished buildings,
What we lost.

 
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Historic Buildings. Selected pieces from my collections.

NOTE: I do NOT sell antique pieces here at any time.

There are many photos I took in the 70's that were moved from this page to their respective building pages so that the rescued artifacts and the buildings they came from are together. As I do not have photos of every building the artifacts came from, approx 50 artifacts will not have a corresponding building image for them.

As a sculptor, I specialize in creating new authentic looking Victorian and Art Deco models in clay which, when molded enable casts for interior, garden and construction to be produced for sale.

The casts which are available to purchase are in my web store, I add new designs regularly with the details, prices and measurements to the SALES STORE


Most of the images in this section were taken by the author during his teens, from a period spanning 1973 through about 1977. Most of the 100 buildings shown were located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, from 13th Street to Houston St, avenue A to avenue D. Most of these buildings were demolished over 30 years ago, only a few still stand after renovations or adaptive conversions.

Keeping meticulous records of my collection was a passion, I kept notebooks listing the origin and weight of each piece; frequent moving for more storage space almost made that a necessity for truck rental planning! Around 1980 I had 50 TONS spread out in half a dozen storage spaces and lofts, and by the time I was 18 I was working 5 part time jobs to pay all the rents.

Around 1987 I sold the collection, but since then I have begin a second much smaller collection of artifacts which can be seen on two sub-pages here.

Most of the buildings depicted in the photos were abandoned, remained vacant, and open to vandals and scavengers. Other buildings had structural weaknesses or fire damage and were condemned by the city.
Most were extremely unsafe to enter, one could fall through holes in the floor or have a stairway suddenly collapse under their weight as happened to me at 215 Eldridge Street (Building photos Plate-19). The late salvager Richard Nickel of Chicago was killed by a floor collapse in an unstable building being demolished in 1972.

The camera used for most of the images was cheap by necessity, due to the neighborhoods I went to (smart people never went to these neighborhoods at all) The Kodak instamatic used 126 cartridges that unfortunately produced very grainy photos that don't enlarge well at all.
I hope they provoke some measure of awareness of what urban renewal, neglect and greed can do to that which can't be replaced.

NOTE: In revamping this entire website, I decided to mostly eliminate this section and all of the 100+ corresponding plate pages previously linked to each thumbnail since many of the photos are now for sale in a much higher quality hard copy form.

TENEMENT FACTS:
Number of tenements in New York City, December 1, 1888: 32,390
Number built from June 1, 1888, to August 1, 1890: 3,733
Rear tenements in existence, August 1, 1890: 2,630
Total number of tenements as of August 1, 1890: 37,316
Est 100,000 by the 1910's when constructing this form of building was phased out.

Estimated population of tenements, August 1, 1890: 1,250,000

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Plate 1
E10th st. ave C
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Plate 2
101 Park Ave
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Plate 3
109 Norfolk
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Plate 4
110th st 1st Ave
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Plate 5
11st 4th-ave
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Plate 6
E11th st. Ave A
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Plate 7
127-9 Pitt St
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Plate 8
13th St. Ave A
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Plate 9
Esterbrook Pen Co.
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Plate 10
149 St Ann Ave, Bronx
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Plate 11
161 Delancy st
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Plate 12
172-6 Norfolk St
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Plate 13
117 Ave C
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Plate 14
177 Ave B
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Plate 15
202 Eldridge St
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Plate 16 *
207-9 East 96th st
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Plate 17
208 Eldridge st.
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Plate 18 *
214 Eldridge st
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Plate 19 *
213 Eldridge st
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Plate 20
219 West 28th st
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Plate 21 *
23rd st. 6th Ave
Booth Theater
McCreary store
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Plate 22
232 E 3rd st
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Plate 23
242 Spring St
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Plate 24
284 E 2nd St
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Plate 25
295-297 W 137th st
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Plate 26
300 West 137th st
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Plate 27
315 East 4th st
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Plate 28
397 East 8th st
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Plate 29
415 2nd Ave
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Plate 30
522-524 East 12th st
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Plate 31
53 Suffolk st
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Plate 32
603 East 11th st
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Plate 33
611 East 6th st
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Plate 34
625-627 East 5th st
Block 388, Lot 55
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Plate 35
639 East 6th st
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Plate 36
717 East 9th st
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Plate 37
154 West 68th St
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Plate 38
184 East 2nd st
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Plate 39
311East 4th st
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Plate 40
58 Norfolk st
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Plate 41
751 East 5th st
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Plate 42*
176 W 86th.st
Amsterdam Ave
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Plate 43*
1924 2nd Ave
E 99th st.
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Plate 44
Riverside Ave
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Plate 45
East 53rd st
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Plate 46
733 E 5th st Ave D

Plate 47
653 Broadway
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Plate 48
E 3rd St Ave C
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Plate 49
Public School 21
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Plate 50
115 Norfolk St

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Plate 51
611 Broadway
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Plate 52
2nd St Ave D
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Plate 53
129th, St Nick Ave
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Plate 54
E 1st St 1st Ave
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Plate 55
7 E. 1st St
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Plate 56
299 West 137th St
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Plate 57
747,749,751 E 5th St
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Plate 58 *
1-3 E.7th St at Hall Place
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Plate 59*
190 Forsyth St
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Henry St
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Plate 61
Old Hotel
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Plate 62
Commodore Hotel
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Plate 63
523-527 East 13th Street
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Plate 64
The Bowery at E1st St
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Plate 65
Women's Jail
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Plate 66
707-9 East 5th St
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11 West 28th St
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Plate 68
Public School 27
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Plate 69
E 2nd St Ave D
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72 East 120th St, Park Ave
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Plate 71
Riviera and Riverside theaters
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Plate 72
Wall St
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Plate 73
East 30's hotel
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Plate 74*
170 Worth St. 23-25 W.Broadway
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Plate 75
747 E. 9th st
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Plate 76
719-21 E. 5th st
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Plate 77*
138-140 Stanton St
Corner of Norfolk St
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Plate 78
308 E. 18th st.
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Plate 79
299 E 3rd st
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Plate 80
299 E 3rd st
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YMCA Orange NJ
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Plate 82
E 6th st and Ave B
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Plate 83
5-7 Ave D
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Plate 84
East 6th St Ave D
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Plate 85
Broadway Central Hotel
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Plate 86
Cristodora House 8th and B
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Public School 168
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Plate 88
308 west 145th St Harlem
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Plate 89
Midtown
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Plate 90
646-8 East 6th St
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Plate 91
Bruckner Ave, Bronx
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Plate 92
Ave C and 2nd St
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Plate 93
296 Broome St
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Plate 94
327 E Houston St
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Plate 95
308 E 106th St
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Plate 96 *
Attorney and Stanton
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Plate 97 *
Columbia College of Pharmacy
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Plate 98 *
Leon Lowenstein Clinic
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Plate 99 *
1 West 111th St Harlem
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Plate 100 *
343 E 105th st Harlem
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Plate 101 *
350 Pleasant Ave, Harlem
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Plate 102 *
Pantages theater, Seattle
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Plate 103 *
Corn Exchange Bank, Chicago
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621-623 E 5th st
Block 388 lot 57

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