The masks near the Meatpacking District

I’ve always wondered about this 5-story apartment house on far West 13th Street. Though you can’t exactly tell from this rainy-day photo, the building, constructed in 1925, is painted blue on an otherwise drab block, and the facade features these two symbols of the theater. Why the masks are there is a mystery. Perhaps an actor or director was the original owner.

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3 Responses to “The masks near the Meatpacking District”

  1. Deb Says:

    I lived in this building for about 13 years and the super told me that the building (at some unspecified point in the past) was home to actors. Vague, I know.

  2. Meredith Says:

    Four years later, and they’ve renovated the building. Comedy & Tragedy have disappeared from this fascade:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=319+w+13th+st&hl=en&ll=40.739449,-74.003987&spn=0.000004,0.002401&hnear=319+W+13th+St,+New+York,+10014&gl=us&sqi=2&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=40.739494,-74.004102&panoid=p8wQnOkSN9HGOu8o9uZ7ag&cbp=12,46.89296399999995,,0,-26.5124932

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    What a shame–what a tragedy I should say. Thanks for the update.

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