I’ve been away for too many years, and perhaps that’s just as well: the pictures of buildings I see rising here and there hold less appeal than the skyscrapers of yore. Brick structures 40 stories tall seem bigger than glass buildings twice as high. The brick is a unit everyone understands, and when you see an enormous structure made of brick, you can instantly imagine the hands that grasped them, the gestures that lifted them, the men who put them in their place with the others.

Glass is beautiful too, but that’s someone else’s site. This is devoted to New York before Modernism, for the most part. Almost 200 pages of images arranged and explained as best as I could. The site went up in 2000, I think, and I toyed with it here and there before letting it go fallow. Everything that was on the site before is still here, with a few exceptions. I hope you enjoy it.

Lileks
2014