Monday, January 28, 2019

NY State Appellate Supreme Court

I have often mentioned to you my interest in architecture since visiting NYC so often. I find walking around magnificent buildings which have been built over 100 years ago peeks my interest. While I was walking around NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) I walked past this building a few times. I finally decided to take some photos and find out it's history. The New York State Appallate Division of the Supreme Court is housed here. It is really beautiful in person. Let's find out some history.  
The Courthouse in 1899, surrounded by brownstone residences.

Built from 1896-1899 by James Brown Lord (26 April 1859 — 1 June 1902) was an American architect, working in a Beaux-Arts idiom, with a practice in New York City. His Appellate Court House was his most prominent commission, noted at the time of his premature death, at the age of forty-three. He designed one of the first of the Carnegie libraries, the Yorkville Branch of the New York Public Library, at 222 East 79th Street. My most favorite architecture design is Beaux-Arts! 

The marble Beaux-Arts courthouse, in the style of an 18th-century English country house. It is considered to be an "outstanding" example of the City Beautiful movement. Some 25 percent of the cost was spent on sculpture, a huge sum at the time. At the time of its construction, the American Architect and Building News predicted that "the rest of the country will envy New York the possession of this building." In 1900, Charles DeKay wrote in The Independent that the courthouse "shines like an ivory casket among boxes of ordinary maple. To see this in person is really the ultimate treat.  
The exterior features sculptures in white marble on subjects related to law. Karl Bitter's Peace is the central grouping on the balustrade by Madison Square. Daniel Chester French's Justice is the central grouping on 25th Street. Justice is flanked by Power and Study, also by French. 
These photos were taken with my Samsung phone as I didn't bring my camera with me for the walk but I think it did a very good job of showing you the beauty of this building.  
The building was made a designated landmark in 1966.  
The interior of the courthouse was designated a New York City landmark in 1981, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The building was restored in 2000 by the architectural firm of Platt, Byard, Dovell, White.  

If you are in the area of this building in the NoMad district, be sure to pop over and see it up close and personal. It is a true gem of an architectural wonder! 
This is also located at the building which is a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.  

Since we are in the throws of winter, thought I would show a lovely flower photo taken while walking around the city. I am so ready for Spring to get here! 

New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court 
27 Madison Avenue and East 25th Street 

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