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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Puck Building

The Puck Building is a landmarked Romanesque Revival structure which occupies a city block in SOHO. It was built in 1885 for the J. Ottman Lithographic Company, and was home of the satirical Puck magazine from 1887 to 1916. At the time, it housed lithographic presses and its own electrical generators (still housed in the basement). There are two gilded figures of Shakespeare's Puck, one shown above and one above the entrance. It is a magnificent and spectacular building with double rows of arched windows and vast interior sunlit spaces. The building has both office space and ballrooms used for public events - there is a Skylight Ballroom on the top floor and the Grand Ballroom on the ground floor (10,000 square feet and 20 foot ceilings.) The building has housed numerous tenants including Spy Magazine, Pratt Institute, and NYU's Wagner Center, currently its largest occupant. Click here for an excellent history and other info...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your photography and commentary are just fabulous. I am a fine art photographer, and you inspire even me! Are you just "regular folk", or is this your profession? Nevertheless, I live for my NY Daily Photo, esp. since my daughter and son in law live in NYC and work in Manhattan. They are young professionals, living in the East Village.

edwin s said...

This has shattered my image of Puck. I never imagined him to be pudgy and fleshy like this, very Cupid like. Then again, there have been so many variations of Cupid.

Brian said...

I am not a "professional" photographer, but in the course of my business, I oversee photography and graphics. I have done probably more than a typical amount of photography for personal and business.
Thanks for the praise - I actually find photography frustrating and much of my results disappointing.
Brian

Olivier said...

Superbe photo, j'adore cet endroit.

Heather said...

Isn't his is the building they used to show on Will & Grace?