If you find yourself on 17th Street and Irving Place with time to spare, it’s worth taking a look inside gorgeous, gothic Washington Irving High School. The school, built in 1913, features an enormous, 2-story wood-paneled lobby, complete with a fireplace.
A series of giant murals toward the ceiling depict scenes from New York City history. Here, the Dutch approach Long Island and New York harbor:
Not the kind of painting you see in the typical high school:
Manhattan wildlife, circa 1800: birds, porcupines, squirrels, beavers, and skunks:
Washington Irving High School’s most famous graduate: Claudette Colbert, class of 1923.