Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Travelogue: Mona Island

The picturesque Mona Island lighthouse (1900), often attributed to the designer Gustave Eiffel, is still standing, but rust is steadily replacing iron. It stopped functioning as a lighthouse in 1976 when it was replaced by an automated signal. Given its condition it must be among the most endangered lighthouses in the United States.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Central Park West Townhouse Restoration

Central Park West Townhouse Returned To Its Former Glory 
After a fire and insensitive rehab this CPW gem is restored

248 Central Park West, after restoration
248 Central Park West is a five-story townhouse constructed in 1887 to the design of Edward B. Angell. The building is a masterful example of its type and aside from its attractive and delicately balanced form, exhibits architectural stone carving of the highest caliber. The conservation of the stone bas-reliefs, along with the entire façade, represents an important achievement given their singular quality.