Sad female faces on a prewar apartment house

These two grim-looking ladies decorate a fortress-like apartment building called Halidon Court at Broadway and 153rd Street.

Halidon Court hides a literary secret: It was the home of J.D. Salinger for the first nine years of his life, reports Harlem Bespoke.

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7 Responses to “Sad female faces on a prewar apartment house”

  1. Johannah Says:

    Wow. I wish someone would clean that gunk out of the ladies’ mouths. I’m sure such was not the intended effect.

    But look at those windows! Looks like the original glass, because it’s wavy and gives that “flowing” impression.

  2. Linda Danz Says:

    Great shot and great find. I doubt those are the original panes as the casing is the new stuff that ruined all of the renovetaed windows in city apartment buildings.

  3. Ricky Says:

    I met J. D. Salinger in 1979 …just kidding.

  4. lichanos Says:

    I just saw this building today by chance. The ornament on the facade is right out of Vienna 1910. Do you know when the building was constructed and by whom?

  5. wildnewyork Says:

    I’m glad you wrote in. Turns out it was designed by Emery Roth and built in 1910. Here’s an article on it from The New York Times archive:

  6. Harlem Jugendstil « Journey to Perplexity Says:

    […] Note:  NYTimes archived piece on the edifice.  Thanks to this blogger of Ephemeral New […]

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