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Discussion in 'Tower, Monumental & Street Clocks' started by kirxklox, Jul 3, 2007.
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Birds eye view including another look at the Flat Iron Building.
This photo OF Madison Square was probably taken FROM Madison Square Garden. The latter was a large1890 building by McKim, Mead & White containing a huge interior space used for horse shows, conventions, boxing and other sporting events, as well as a theater, concert hall, & restaurants, with towers puntuating the actual garden restaurant on the roof. The tallest tower (2nd highest in NYC) was crowned with a huge bronze statue by Saint-Gauden, of Dianna, goddess of the hunt, standing on one foot, en pointe, drawing her bow. When the building was demolished in 1925, this went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where it still presides over the main staircase.
The original Madison Square Garden should not be confused with the horrible 1960's excresance of the same name, which is not even on Madison Square, much less on the same site. The construction of that monstrosity caused the destruction of what was perhaps McKim, Mead & White's grandest monument, New York's Pennsylvania Station. (Afterwards, it was said that "Men used to enter New York like gods in a chariot; now they scurry in like rats from the sewer.")
Anyway, this is a fine view of Napolean Lebrun & Son's Metropolitan Life Insurance tower, with what was at that time the world's largest clock dial (extending over three stories) and the first to be electrically illuminated. The current dial is different from the one shown here; it's now nearly flush with the building wall.
That is correct.
I work in the One Madison Avenue building, perhaps 50 feet south of the clock tower in the picture, on the opposite side of the tower from the one visible here, facing the southern end of Madison Square Park (the park in the photo).
This is a photo that was taken looking south, before another large building was built north of One Madison by the Met in the 1930s, and long before the building with the tower was remodeled. It could have been taken from the old Madison Square Garden, or from the New York Life building (the one with the gold pyramid on top that you see in the TV ads) which replaced the Garden in the late 20s.