The daisies hidden on a Stanford White building

The weather is still chilly and skies are wintry gray. But on the facade of a building on East 30th Street, pretty white daisies have been popping up for at least a century.

You can see them on the underside of The Nottingham, a handsome apartment residence designed by Stanford White that has kind of a Byzantine or Tuscan look to it.

Bright white daisies with yellow centers surrounded by blue tiles appear under a second-floor juliet balcony.

When The Nottingham was built is a bit of a mystery. Real estate website say the late 19th century; an article on reinforced concrete from 1907 implies the early 1900s.

Did Stanford White have a hand in adding the daisies? It could be the kind of ornamental whimsy he enjoyed.

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7 Responses to “The daisies hidden on a Stanford White building”

  1. Penelope Bianchi Says:

    Completely heavenly! Your blog is too!!


  2. Zoé Says:

    “whimsy” is the perfect word!

    Are they ceramic like the surrounding tile? (Otherwise they would have to be painted wood & plaster… or enameled metal…?).

    A company opened up (in NYC?) in recent decades to make those beautiful bas relief tiles that were used in townhouse master bathrooms & fireplace surrounds; using the antique moulds they bought from another very old defunct company that had made them for years. They supply restorationists & builders & private homes etc.

    The master bathroom in a Prospect Heights townhouse (cut up into apartments) I lived in had beautiful ones in a border. I think in an animal theme. And of course there are the subway tiles…

  3. jmnowak Says:

    We need more whimsy like this in modern architecture! 😎

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, especially this very cold spring….

  5. David H Lippman Says:

    That’s charming!

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