They’re of artisans and workmen, and they decorate a Lower Sixth Avenue building at Watts Street.
The images line the facade. They depict men using pre-machine age tools to measure, mix, and sharpen.
Each one is certainly a testament to humanity’s ingenuity. But why here?
A little digging reveals some background. Designed by architect Ely Jacques Kahn in 1928, the 14-floor Art Deco loft was originally known as the Green Building.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any record of previous early tenants that would shed light on why the bas reliefs were carved there.
A chemistry company? Toolmakers? Fabricators? Tthe images are striking and inspiring, especially in this no-man’s-land of West Soho.
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