Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Central Harlem, 125th Street Between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue

Mary Sargent © 2006 ……………….........…………….. click to enlarge

This is the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building. It was built in 1973 and named for Powell in 1983, and seems not to be well thought of by people interested in buildings and public spaces. See Project for Public Spaces' Hall of Shame, which explains Why It Doesn't Work. As for Powell himself, a prominent Harlem Congressman, he seems to be remembered now for his admirable early work, and the later corruption and resulting exclusion from Congress, and the final political defeat, all are as if they never happened. Shakespeare had it wrong in this case. (The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.) Oh happy Adam Clayton!

Now why am I showing this photo? I think it's the pointy shadows.

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1 comment:

Bill said...

The building looks better cropped like that then it does in its full glory.