Day 516

Walkin’ the dog

May 29th, 2013

at the 1891-92 Boys' High School, whose notable alumni include, among many others, Isaac Asimov, Norman Mailer, Man Ray, Aaron Copland, and Max Roach, his "hands shimmering on the legs of rain". The architect of this "monumental example of the mature Romanesque Revival style which became popular in the United States in the last quarter of the 19th century" was James W. Naughton, Brooklyn's superintendent of school buildings for almost 20 years. (My photo doesn't begin to do the place justice; it is truly monumental.) After the consolidation of the five boroughs in 1898, the school came under the purview of our friend Charles B.J. Snyder, the city's chief school architect, who designed a couple of early 20th-century additions to the building.

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