Bowled Over by Bronx Architecture

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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The Lehman College Art Gallery has launched a new wesbite chronicling the architecture of the Bronx.

The Lehman College Art Gallery has launched a new wesbite chronicling the architecture of the Bronx.

The Bronx isn’t exactly known for its architecture, excepting maybe the Grand Concourse, but the Lehman College Art Gallery is hoping to change that perception with a new and very impressive website chronicling the borough’s vast architectural heritage. (The gallery happens to be located in one of those hidden treasures, a campus building that was Marcel Breuer’s first project in the city.) The site, called simply Bronx Architecture, chronicles some 75 notable buildings scattered about the borough, ranging from the notable (the Bronx County Building, the Hall of Justice, the Kingsbridge Armory, new Yankee Stadium) to the obscure (Villa Charlotte Bronte, the Institute for Special Education, Williamsbridge Reservoir Keeper’s House).

The Lehman College Art Gallery is located inside the Fine Art Building (formerly Shuster Hall), designed in the 1950s by Marcel Breuer and one of the Bronxs many architectural gems.

The Lehman College Art Gallery is located inside the Fine Art Building (formerly Shuster Hall), designed in the 1950s by Marcel Breuer and one of the Bronx's many architectural gems.

The site also contains thorough biographies of the architects behind these buildings, as well as profiles of 35 Bronx neighborhoods, walking tours, maps, teachers’ guides, and—in case there was any doubt in Bronx Architecture’s authority—a bibliography of 55 sources. It’s a remarkable enterprise, and arguably unmatched in scope and style by anything in the other four boroughs, though it does have a predecessor: the gallery launched a similar site surveying the Bronx’s public art in 2003. Should you be impressed enough to toast those behind Bronx Architecture, swing by the gallery tonight to celebrate its 25th anniversary, its current show, and the launching of the site. To which we say, “Cheers!”

3 Responses to “Bowled Over by Bronx Architecture”

  1. Modern Zen Architecture says:

    This is unexpected and a pleasant surprise. If we look deeper in our own towns, I’m sure we will discover many works of great architecture too. Since no one probably expects the Bronx to be the home of any significant work, it would really by eye-opening for me to see what does pop up in their website.

  2. OLD SCHOOL FOOL says:

    ARCHITECTURE OF BRONX IS DOG POO.

    THE ANIMALS BURNED EVERY THING DOWN LONG AGO.

    BRONX NEEDS EVERY THING BUILT UP NEW .

    HOWEVER EVERY THING MUST BE MADE LIKE PRISION GEAR BUILT TO WITH STAND THE HARSHEST ENVIRONMENTS AND WORST PEOPLE .

    THESE ARE THE SORRY BUT SAD TRUTHS..

    RE BUILD BRONX BUT DECLARE MARTIAL LAW FIRST ..

    NO ONE LIKES THE POLITICALLY UNCORRECT TRUTHS!!!!!!

    LETS BRING DRACO INTO BRONX AND GET DRACONIAN AND A HEAVY DOSE OF MED-EVIL TO TOP EVERY THING OFF.

    LIBERTY HAS GONE ASTRAY AND THE RESULTS ARE SEEN ALL OVER BRONX.

    BRONX IS WHAT THE 1960 `S PROTESTS BROUGHT .LOOK AT IT .
    LOVE BRONX THE HELL HOLE IS HAS BEEN FOR OVER 40 YEARS.
    BRONX UNFIT TO LIVE IN BECAUSE OF THE SAVAGES LIVING THERE.

  3. RABBLE ROUSER says:

    what would borther sadam husien do with bronx?

    what would hitlers GESTAPO do with bronx.

    what would communist china do with bronx.

    look at what the politicans and special intrest groups have done to bronx.

    this is the best we can do??

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