The architect who helped design New York

The Frick Museum, Grand Army Plaza, the Forbes building—these are just some of the iconic structures credited to gilded age architectural firm Carrere and Hastings.

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 In 1911, just two months before the opening of the firm’s biggest gig yet—the New York Public Library Building on 42nd Street—architect John Mervin Carrere (pictured at left) was killed in a Manhattan taxi accident.

The day after his funeral, his body lay in state in the rotunda of the almost-finished library, a tribute to a man who helped create and shape the look of 20th century New York City.


 

 

 

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In 1916, the city dedicated this commemorative staircase in Riverside Park at 99th Street to Carrere. It’s not in the best condition, and the plaque bearing his name is quite modest for someone whose aesthetic vision is stamped all over the city to this day.

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2 Responses to “The architect who helped design New York”

  1. A Beaux-Arts facade on 31st Street has a secret « Ephemeral New York Says:

    [...] Life moved into the building, designed in 1895 by architects Carrere and Hastings (the same guys who designed the New York Public Library main building), it wasn’t the photo [...]

  2. A Houston Street park inspired by a Paris palace | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] with the idea in mind that public architecture should be inspiring, the city had Carrere and Hastings—the heralded firm behind Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza, the Frick Mansion, and the Public Library on 42nd Street—to design a gymnasium building that […]

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