Posts Tagged ‘animals on building facades’

The majestic sheep heads of East 13th Street

November 7, 2011

Lots of New York buildings are adorned with animals: horses, squirrels, even elephants.

But you don’t see a lot of sheep—except for the two bighorn sheep heads on the facade of a handsome 12-story limestone building at 114 East 13th Street.

The building was converted into a pricey co-op in 1984. Luckily the sheep heads remain; they provide a clue as to who the original tenant was.

The company that used to occupy the building, the American Felt Company, “made felt used in pianos,” states

It’s fascinating how many former factories and manufacturing buildings paid homage to the animals who helped fill their coffers—like the beaver and squirrel of West 29th Street and the silkworm clock on Park Avenue South.