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January 2005 - Empire State VI, dry docked for repairs in the Erie Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

January 2005 - Empire State VI, dry docked for repairs in the Erie Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

 

This Merchant Marine vessel, first launched in 1961, is used for training by the United States Maritime Administration.   From its keel to its radar mast, the height of the Empire State VI  measures 138 feet and extends some 565 feet from bow to stern.  The industrial setting is sometimes described as a graving dock and remains a symbol of Red Hook's maritime history; the floating dry dock was once one of the world's largest, it was constructed at the close of the Civil War.  During the months after this photograph was made, the area changed dramatically when the shipyard buildings that ringed the harbor were demolished to make way for a new IKEA store.

 

 

Brooklyn view of the Manhattan Bridge.

Brooklyn view of the Manhattan Bridge.

The Manhattan Bridge was the last bridge completed on the lower East River joining Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Designed by suspension bridge engineer, Leon Moisseiff (1872-1943), the Manhattan Bridge officially opened to the public in 1909, twenty-six years after the Brooklyn Bridge and six years after completion of the Williamsburgh Bridge.  Though a faded hue in this photograph, the blue paint used to maintain the deck and towers of the Manhattan Bridge is reminiscent of Delft pottery made in the Netherlands during the 16th Century. 

 

 

April 1997 - Diesel Locomotive passing the Ohio Brass

April 1997 - Diesel Locomotive passing the Ohio Brass

The railroad alongside the former Ohio Brass Company in Mansfield, Ohio was temporarily halted in December 1997 when the factory buildings were razed by fire. The most prominent structure had originally housed the Richland Buggy Company. The Ohio Brass, founded in 1887 by Frank Black, was a world-class foundry and was innovative in a myriad of mining and transit advancements before closing in 1984. 

January 2001 - Mittel Steel Basic Oxygen Plant, Weirton, WV.

January 2001 - Mittel Steel Basic Oxygen Plant, Weirton, WV.

The mill at Weirton began producing steel in 1909 with open hearths, then shifted to the basic oxygen process in the late 1960s, when the smoking behemoth pictured was erected.  It was razed in 2007 when Weirton and other Ohio River communities prepared to enter a post-steel era.

August 1998 - View of Bethlehem Steel from the Minsi Trail Bridge, Bethlehem, PA.

August 1998 - View of Bethlehem Steel from the Minsi Trail Bridge, Bethlehem, PA.

The first rolling mills were erected in Bethlehem during the Civil War when "The Steel City" was yet a fledgling iron producer.  Located on the Lehigh River in eastern Pennsylvania, Bethlehem began producing steel at the turn of the century, becoming America's largest shipbuilder by World War I.  During much of the twentieth century, Bethlehem was second only to Pittsburgh's U.S. Steel in production of steel.  Bankrupted in 2001, the remaining assets of Bethlehem Steel merged with Luxembourg headquartered, Arcelor/Mittel.  The above view has been obscured by new construction.

Diesel locomotive wheel and truck frame

Diesel locomotive wheel and truck frame

Railroads spurred the growth of America and continue to serve the nation in decreased numbers.  Diesel fueled locomotives began replacing the old steam-fired locomotives during the 1930's.  The undercarriage engineering of modern trains is unchanging. 

June 2002 - Michigan Railroad Depot and office tower, Detroit.

June 2002 - Michigan Railroad Depot and office tower, Detroit.

In the Summer 1999 Michigan Quarterly Review, photographer Camilo Jose Vergara made a proposal for this prominent American ruin to be converted into an abbey or monastery, adapting its rooftop, parking lots and rail yard for gardens and grazing for live stock. 

June 2007 - Westinghouse Manufacturing warehouse, Mansfield, OH.

June 2007 - Westinghouse Manufacturing warehouse, Mansfield, OH.

A clear-cut razing of the former Westinghouse Manufacturing & Electric plant in Mansfield has left this 1918 warehouse standing all alone on East Fifth Street. 

 

March 1999 - Construction of the Hayden Planetarium

March 1999 - Construction of the Hayden Planetarium

On February 19th, 2000, the much awaited Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, designed by James Polshek and Todd Schliemann and including the Hayden Planetarium, officially opened to the public. 

Doric Column

Doric Column

American architect, Robert A. M. Stern, rolls back the scrolls of time 2,600 years when borrowing elements from the Doric Order to adorn this East Hampton, New York cottage.  The Doric Column consists of a fluted shaft, smooth capital and square abacus.

June 2007 - Vacant 1960s shopping mall, State Route 30, Ontario, OH.

June 2007 - Vacant 1960s shopping mall, State Route 30, Ontario, OH.

The teal-glazed ex-Lazarus Department Store in Richland County, Ohio is a stark example of vacant modern architecture.  A 1973 photograph of this same view appears in Stephen Shore's 1982 classic, Uncommon Places.  Shoppers were drawn to suburban malls in the 1960s for their ample parking spaces, forcing many merchants on Main Street to close their shops or move to the mall.  Multilevel malls like this one have become an oddity as suburban consumers have taken to plaza-style shopping.

March 2005 - Corner of 14th & Washington in New York City's Meatpacking District.

March 2005 - Corner of 14th & Washington in New York City's Meatpacking District.

Multipurpose dwellings like these in New York City's Meatpacking District served as slaughterhouses and meat freezers for much of the twentieth century.  Today this corner houses the latest in high-end retail.

May 2007 - Loew's Jersey Theatre, Journal Square Jersey City.

May 2007 - Loew's Jersey Theatre, Journal Square Jersey City.

April 2015 - Corner of  First & Cedar Streets, Abilene, KS

April 2015 - Corner of First & Cedar Streets, Abilene, KS

April 2015 - Corner of Cumberland and Kentucky, Greenup, IL.

April 2015 - Corner of Cumberland and Kentucky, Greenup, IL.

November 1997 - Victorian farmhouse by Railroad, State Route 13, Knox Co., OH

November 1997 - Victorian farmhouse by Railroad, State Route 13, Knox Co., OH

June 1996 - Corner of Taos & 7th Streets, Georgetown, CO.

June 1996 - Corner of Taos & 7th Streets, Georgetown, CO.

July 2003 - 135 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn New York.

July 2003 - 135 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn New York.

Built in 1833, the Federal Style Row House at 135 Joralemon Street is one of Brooklyn Heights oldest and cherished landmarks.  On New Year's eve in 2004, a fire devastated the interior and nearly claimed the wood frame vestige, but it was preserved beautifully four years later.  Other than its windows missing their original shutters, the facade, with its clapboard siding, gable dormers and ornamental iron porch, has changed little over the years.  A famous photograph of the landmark row house was taken by Berenice Abbott in 1936.

April 2014 - Parlor of Oak Hill Cottage, Mansfield, OH

April 2014 - Parlor of Oak Hill Cottage, Mansfield, OH

Oak Hill Cottage is an unspoiled Carpenter Gothic brick estate built in 1847 and the setting for the 1924 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Green Bay Tree, by Louis Bromfield.

June 2002 - Victorian ruin, Brush Park, Detroit.

June 2002 - Victorian ruin, Brush Park, Detroit.

November 2001 - English Barn, Delaware County, NY

November 2001 - English Barn, Delaware County, NY

An English barn on a high-lying farm in upstate New York can appear as natural as an outcropping when left alone.  The old barns were built from the land, using slate, field stone and harvested hardwoods.  The ramp or bank leading to the upper-level interior of this barn also serves as a dyke, distinguishing it from typical bank barns. 

April 2014 - Former doctor's office building in rural Blooming Grove, OH.

April 2014 - Former doctor's office building in rural Blooming Grove, OH.

February 2006 - Dormant Gothic Church, Ostego County, NY

February 2006 - Dormant Gothic Church, Ostego County, NY

Upstate New York's back roads and county two-lanes are beautified by old country churches.  This contemporary photograph could just as easily been taken a century ago. 

November 2003 - Restored nineteenth century schoolhouse, Bramanville, NY.

November 2003 - Restored nineteenth century schoolhouse, Bramanville, NY.

A larger scale version of the one-room schoolhouse with beautifully restored elements: corner boards, horizontal clapboard siding (vertical tongue-and-groove beneath lower fenestration), six-over-six mullioned windows, stick gable returns, standing-seam roofing and open-stick belfry with pyramidal roof.

April 2015 - Kansas State Capital building at Topeka.

April 2015 - Kansas State Capital building at Topeka.

May 2007 - Bissman Building, Mansfield, OH

May 2007 - Bissman Building, Mansfield, OH

April 2015 - Piqua Milling Co., Piqua, OH

April 2015 - Piqua Milling Co., Piqua, OH

February 2008 - Broad Street Aqueduct, Rochester, NY

February 2008 - Broad Street Aqueduct, Rochester, NY

Abandoned, the Broad Street Aqueduct was originally constructed to direct the Erie Canal across the Genesee River before it was paved for automobiles.  During the decades surrounding World War II, two miles of Rochester's light rail system passed through here. 

July 1997 - Below the Detroit-Superior Bridge, Cleveland, OH.

July 1997 - Below the Detroit-Superior Bridge, Cleveland, OH.

April 2015 - Union Light & Power, St. Louis, MO.

April 2015 - Union Light & Power, St. Louis, MO.

December 2009 - Fowne's Brothers Glove Factory, Amsterdam, NY.

December 2009 - Fowne's Brothers Glove Factory, Amsterdam, NY.

June 1996 - Big Foot Pass Presbyterian Church, Murdo, SD.

June 1996 - Big Foot Pass Presbyterian Church, Murdo, SD.

April 2015 - Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, OH.

April 2015 - Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, OH.

May 1997 - Former Gilbert & Co. Building, Mansfield, OH.

May 1997 - Former Gilbert & Co. Building, Mansfield, OH.

December 2001 - Bushwick RKO Theatre, Broadway & Howard, Brooklyn.

December 2001 - Bushwick RKO Theatre, Broadway & Howard, Brooklyn.

May 2007 - Loew's Kings Theatre, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

May 2007 - Loew's Kings Theatre, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

The old theater on Flatbush Avenue is born again following an immaculate renovaton.  There are two visible changes from the theater's facade shown here and when it opened in 1929.  The surviving marquee dates to the 1950s and is less ostensible than the original marquee that appeared more like a serpentine canopy.  As well, a bracket remains on the theater's center facade that once hoisted a four-story-tall sign that illuminated Flatbush Avenue with the letters, L-O-E-W-'-S. 

March 2005 - Walter Sear at Sear Sound, West Forty-Eighth Street, Manhattan.

March 2005 - Walter Sear at Sear Sound, West Forty-Eighth Street, Manhattan.

The keenest ear, Walter Sear (b. 1930 New Orleans), was first distinguished as a tuba player but is recalled for his engineering brilliance, cordial business relations and his signature "warm" analog sound.  Founded in 1970, Sear Sound was New York's oldest audio recording studio entering the twenty-first century. Sear was also a filmmaker at various times, producing a number of "slasher" films. 

 

April 2014 - Bellville, Ohio Cemetery.

April 2014 - Bellville, Ohio Cemetery.

Rolling Mill, Weirton, WV

Rolling Mill, Weirton, WV

April 2015 - San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church at Ranchos de Taos, NM.

April 2015 - San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church at Ranchos de Taos, NM.

January 2005 - Empire State VI, dry docked for repairs in the Erie Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

 

This Merchant Marine vessel, first launched in 1961, is used for training by the United States Maritime Administration.   From its keel to its radar mast, the height of the Empire State VI  measures 138 feet and extends some 565 feet from bow to stern.  The industrial setting is sometimes described as a graving dock and remains a symbol of Red Hook's maritime history; the floating dry dock was once one of the world's largest, it was constructed at the close of the Civil War.  During the months after this photograph was made, the area changed dramatically when the shipyard buildings that ringed the harbor were demolished to make way for a new IKEA store.

 

 

Brooklyn view of the Manhattan Bridge.

The Manhattan Bridge was the last bridge completed on the lower East River joining Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Designed by suspension bridge engineer, Leon Moisseiff (1872-1943), the Manhattan Bridge officially opened to the public in 1909, twenty-six years after the Brooklyn Bridge and six years after completion of the Williamsburgh Bridge.  Though a faded hue in this photograph, the blue paint used to maintain the deck and towers of the Manhattan Bridge is reminiscent of Delft pottery made in the Netherlands during the 16th Century. 

 

 

April 1997 - Diesel Locomotive passing the Ohio Brass

The railroad alongside the former Ohio Brass Company in Mansfield, Ohio was temporarily halted in December 1997 when the factory buildings were razed by fire. The most prominent structure had originally housed the Richland Buggy Company. The Ohio Brass, founded in 1887 by Frank Black, was a world-class foundry and was innovative in a myriad of mining and transit advancements before closing in 1984. 

January 2001 - Mittel Steel Basic Oxygen Plant, Weirton, WV.

The mill at Weirton began producing steel in 1909 with open hearths, then shifted to the basic oxygen process in the late 1960s, when the smoking behemoth pictured was erected.  It was razed in 2007 when Weirton and other Ohio River communities prepared to enter a post-steel era.

August 1998 - View of Bethlehem Steel from the Minsi Trail Bridge, Bethlehem, PA.

The first rolling mills were erected in Bethlehem during the Civil War when "The Steel City" was yet a fledgling iron producer.  Located on the Lehigh River in eastern Pennsylvania, Bethlehem began producing steel at the turn of the century, becoming America's largest shipbuilder by World War I.  During much of the twentieth century, Bethlehem was second only to Pittsburgh's U.S. Steel in production of steel.  Bankrupted in 2001, the remaining assets of Bethlehem Steel merged with Luxembourg headquartered, Arcelor/Mittel.  The above view has been obscured by new construction.

Diesel locomotive wheel and truck frame

Railroads spurred the growth of America and continue to serve the nation in decreased numbers.  Diesel fueled locomotives began replacing the old steam-fired locomotives during the 1930's.  The undercarriage engineering of modern trains is unchanging. 

June 2002 - Michigan Railroad Depot and office tower, Detroit.

In the Summer 1999 Michigan Quarterly Review, photographer Camilo Jose Vergara made a proposal for this prominent American ruin to be converted into an abbey or monastery, adapting its rooftop, parking lots and rail yard for gardens and grazing for live stock. 

June 2007 - Westinghouse Manufacturing warehouse, Mansfield, OH.

A clear-cut razing of the former Westinghouse Manufacturing & Electric plant in Mansfield has left this 1918 warehouse standing all alone on East Fifth Street. 

 

March 1999 - Construction of the Hayden Planetarium

On February 19th, 2000, the much awaited Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, designed by James Polshek and Todd Schliemann and including the Hayden Planetarium, officially opened to the public. 

Doric Column

American architect, Robert A. M. Stern, rolls back the scrolls of time 2,600 years when borrowing elements from the Doric Order to adorn this East Hampton, New York cottage.  The Doric Column consists of a fluted shaft, smooth capital and square abacus.

June 2007 - Vacant 1960s shopping mall, State Route 30, Ontario, OH.

The teal-glazed ex-Lazarus Department Store in Richland County, Ohio is a stark example of vacant modern architecture.  A 1973 photograph of this same view appears in Stephen Shore's 1982 classic, Uncommon Places.  Shoppers were drawn to suburban malls in the 1960s for their ample parking spaces, forcing many merchants on Main Street to close their shops or move to the mall.  Multilevel malls like this one have become an oddity as suburban consumers have taken to plaza-style shopping.

March 2005 - Corner of 14th & Washington in New York City's Meatpacking District.

Multipurpose dwellings like these in New York City's Meatpacking District served as slaughterhouses and meat freezers for much of the twentieth century.  Today this corner houses the latest in high-end retail.

May 2007 - Loew's Jersey Theatre, Journal Square Jersey City.

April 2015 - Corner of First & Cedar Streets, Abilene, KS

April 2015 - Corner of Cumberland and Kentucky, Greenup, IL.

November 1997 - Victorian farmhouse by Railroad, State Route 13, Knox Co., OH

June 1996 - Corner of Taos & 7th Streets, Georgetown, CO.

July 2003 - 135 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn New York.

Built in 1833, the Federal Style Row House at 135 Joralemon Street is one of Brooklyn Heights oldest and cherished landmarks.  On New Year's eve in 2004, a fire devastated the interior and nearly claimed the wood frame vestige, but it was preserved beautifully four years later.  Other than its windows missing their original shutters, the facade, with its clapboard siding, gable dormers and ornamental iron porch, has changed little over the years.  A famous photograph of the landmark row house was taken by Berenice Abbott in 1936.

April 2014 - Parlor of Oak Hill Cottage, Mansfield, OH

Oak Hill Cottage is an unspoiled Carpenter Gothic brick estate built in 1847 and the setting for the 1924 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Green Bay Tree, by Louis Bromfield.

June 2002 - Victorian ruin, Brush Park, Detroit.

November 2001 - English Barn, Delaware County, NY

An English barn on a high-lying farm in upstate New York can appear as natural as an outcropping when left alone.  The old barns were built from the land, using slate, field stone and harvested hardwoods.  The ramp or bank leading to the upper-level interior of this barn also serves as a dyke, distinguishing it from typical bank barns. 

April 2014 - Former doctor's office building in rural Blooming Grove, OH.

February 2006 - Dormant Gothic Church, Ostego County, NY

Upstate New York's back roads and county two-lanes are beautified by old country churches.  This contemporary photograph could just as easily been taken a century ago. 

November 2003 - Restored nineteenth century schoolhouse, Bramanville, NY.

A larger scale version of the one-room schoolhouse with beautifully restored elements: corner boards, horizontal clapboard siding (vertical tongue-and-groove beneath lower fenestration), six-over-six mullioned windows, stick gable returns, standing-seam roofing and open-stick belfry with pyramidal roof.

April 2015 - Kansas State Capital building at Topeka.

May 2007 - Bissman Building, Mansfield, OH

April 2015 - Piqua Milling Co., Piqua, OH

February 2008 - Broad Street Aqueduct, Rochester, NY

Abandoned, the Broad Street Aqueduct was originally constructed to direct the Erie Canal across the Genesee River before it was paved for automobiles.  During the decades surrounding World War II, two miles of Rochester's light rail system passed through here. 

July 1997 - Below the Detroit-Superior Bridge, Cleveland, OH.

April 2015 - Union Light & Power, St. Louis, MO.

December 2009 - Fowne's Brothers Glove Factory, Amsterdam, NY.

June 1996 - Big Foot Pass Presbyterian Church, Murdo, SD.

April 2015 - Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, OH.

May 1997 - Former Gilbert & Co. Building, Mansfield, OH.

December 2001 - Bushwick RKO Theatre, Broadway & Howard, Brooklyn.

May 2007 - Loew's Kings Theatre, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

The old theater on Flatbush Avenue is born again following an immaculate renovaton.  There are two visible changes from the theater's facade shown here and when it opened in 1929.  The surviving marquee dates to the 1950s and is less ostensible than the original marquee that appeared more like a serpentine canopy.  As well, a bracket remains on the theater's center facade that once hoisted a four-story-tall sign that illuminated Flatbush Avenue with the letters, L-O-E-W-'-S. 

March 2005 - Walter Sear at Sear Sound, West Forty-Eighth Street, Manhattan.

The keenest ear, Walter Sear (b. 1930 New Orleans), was first distinguished as a tuba player but is recalled for his engineering brilliance, cordial business relations and his signature "warm" analog sound.  Founded in 1970, Sear Sound was New York's oldest audio recording studio entering the twenty-first century. Sear was also a filmmaker at various times, producing a number of "slasher" films. 

 

April 2014 - Bellville, Ohio Cemetery.

Rolling Mill, Weirton, WV

April 2015 - San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church at Ranchos de Taos, NM.

January 2005 - Empire State VI, dry docked for repairs in the Erie Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn view of the Manhattan Bridge.
April 1997 - Diesel Locomotive passing the Ohio Brass
January 2001 - Mittel Steel Basic Oxygen Plant, Weirton, WV.
August 1998 - View of Bethlehem Steel from the Minsi Trail Bridge, Bethlehem, PA.
Diesel locomotive wheel and truck frame
June 2002 - Michigan Railroad Depot and office tower, Detroit.
June 2007 - Westinghouse Manufacturing warehouse, Mansfield, OH.
March 1999 - Construction of the Hayden Planetarium
Doric Column
June 2007 - Vacant 1960s shopping mall, State Route 30, Ontario, OH.
March 2005 - Corner of 14th & Washington in New York City's Meatpacking District.
May 2007 - Loew's Jersey Theatre, Journal Square Jersey City.
April 2015 - Corner of  First & Cedar Streets, Abilene, KS
April 2015 - Corner of Cumberland and Kentucky, Greenup, IL.
November 1997 - Victorian farmhouse by Railroad, State Route 13, Knox Co., OH
June 1996 - Corner of Taos & 7th Streets, Georgetown, CO.
July 2003 - 135 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn New York.
April 2014 - Parlor of Oak Hill Cottage, Mansfield, OH
June 2002 - Victorian ruin, Brush Park, Detroit.
November 2001 - English Barn, Delaware County, NY
April 2014 - Former doctor's office building in rural Blooming Grove, OH.
February 2006 - Dormant Gothic Church, Ostego County, NY
November 2003 - Restored nineteenth century schoolhouse, Bramanville, NY.
April 2015 - Kansas State Capital building at Topeka.
May 2007 - Bissman Building, Mansfield, OH
April 2015 - Piqua Milling Co., Piqua, OH
February 2008 - Broad Street Aqueduct, Rochester, NY
July 1997 - Below the Detroit-Superior Bridge, Cleveland, OH.
April 2015 - Union Light & Power, St. Louis, MO.
December 2009 - Fowne's Brothers Glove Factory, Amsterdam, NY.
June 1996 - Big Foot Pass Presbyterian Church, Murdo, SD.
April 2015 - Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, OH.
May 1997 - Former Gilbert & Co. Building, Mansfield, OH.
December 2001 - Bushwick RKO Theatre, Broadway & Howard, Brooklyn.
May 2007 - Loew's Kings Theatre, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.
March 2005 - Walter Sear at Sear Sound, West Forty-Eighth Street, Manhattan.
April 2014 - Bellville, Ohio Cemetery.
Rolling Mill, Weirton, WV
April 2015 - San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church at Ranchos de Taos, NM.