Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Upper West Side, 63rd Street Between Broadway and Central Park West


Mary Sargent © 2007 …………………………………….. click to enlarge

This is just east of our little apartment building of 2 nights ago. This is the Young Men's Christian Association (chiseled on the front of the building), otherwise known as the Westside YMCA. It is described in the AIA Guide as a "neo-Romanesque pile . . . complete with machicolations, arched corbel tables, and other medieval encrustations." Built in 1930. Here is its page in nyc-Architecture.com.

From Dictionary.com, the definition of machicolation: A projecting gallery at the top of a castle wall, supported by a row of corbeled arches and having openings in the floor through which stones and boiling liquids could be dropped on attackers.

See map.

1 comment:

zerool-2-won said...

Yet another building for me to avoid (but the pic makes up for that).