Fencing team practice high over the Village

The New York University fencing team reveals a flair for the dramatic in this 1923 photo—especially the four guys on the edge of the roof beyond the railing.


I’m not sure which building this is, but on the left is the Stanford White–designed Judson Church tower. In the foggy background is an apartment building on Washington Square West/Macdougal Street under construction.

[Photo: NYU archives]

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3 Responses to “Fencing team practice high over the Village”

  1. Rich T Says:

    Are the guys on the left out on the ledge?

  2. Jack Intrator Says:

    I have always loved that photograph. It was taken by Associated Press on January 3,1929 and had this in its caption “N.Y.U. FENCERS EMPLOY PERILOUS FOOTING AS PART OF TRAINING.” The building under construction is 37 Washington Square West which was completed in 1929. The fencers are on the roof of NYU’s Main Building (now the Silver Center) at 100 Washington Square East.

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you Jack for that backstory! It’s been a very popular post.

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