Saturday, January 30, 2010

Upper West Side, 84th Street Between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Mary Sargent © 2009 ……… ………………….. click to enlarge

This, my friends, is a church, the Church of St Matthew and St Timothy.  Now, why would anyone make a church look like this?  Because it was built in the 60s is why.  For some reason, architechture was just butt ugly in the 60s, without meaning to be.  Lincoln Center is maybe the saddest example of the architecture of this misguided decade.  We spent a lot of money to make this big impressive art center and ended up with a bunch of godawfullooking buildings that make you cringe to enter them.  Hard to explain. 


Carolyn said...

OMG--you mean we're not supposed to like Lincoln Center??? I LOVE Lincoln Center, but I never thought about the architecture. Maybe I was just thinking "Oh Boy, now I'm going to see something good," or "Oh Boy, I finally got out of the house!" And of course if you've seen Moonstruck a bunch of times, that helps too. But the truth is, I am delighted when I walk into one of those buildings. How come we never talked about this??

Mary said...

Well, of course I love going to Lincoln Center; I just wish they had better looking buildings. Next time you're there, look at the new Alice Tully building, for an example of a building that matches your excitement at going to something good, with the old awful stuff.