Day 679

The Greater Refuge Temple

November 8th, 2013

"Divided into 24 elongated mosaic lozenges—emerald, bronze, gold, jade, periwinkle, and cornflower—this Bossa-Nova facade at 2081 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, by Costas Machlouzarides, dates to 1966. But underneath is the much older Loew's Seventh Avenue Theater", previously the Harlem Casino (photos), an event and entertainment venue built on the 1889 foundation of the unfinished West End Theatre, a failed project backed by an extortionist who went by the alias "Napoleon Wood".

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