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Straight Lines and Curves on Flickr.
The straight vertical lines of the Curtiss-Wright (orig. Ampico) Building built in 1923 are shown up by the sloping glass curtain wall of SOM’s 1974 tower 9 West 57th. Some criticized the latter building’s curved facade for destroying the streetwall along 57th Street. Indeed, immediately below the frame of this image, the raw, unwindowed side of the Curtiss-Wright building is exposed where another building once abutted it. The net effect is that it looks like Cross & Cross’s building has been pantsed by modernism.

Straight Lines and Curves on Flickr.

The straight vertical lines of the Curtiss-Wright (orig. Ampico) Building built in 1923 are shown up by the sloping glass curtain wall of SOM’s 1974 tower 9 West 57th. Some criticized the latter building’s curved facade for destroying the streetwall along 57th Street. Indeed, immediately below the frame of this image, the raw, unwindowed side of the Curtiss-Wright building is exposed where another building once abutted it. The net effect is that it looks like Cross & Cross’s building has been pantsed by modernism.

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