Locate That Element!
By Caitlin Hawke
The location of the last element I featured here which is pictured at right is the carved base and bracket of a two-story oriel window at 312 W. 102nd Street.
And the winner was…well we didn't have any guesses. Was the clue too tough?
For round three I am going to ease up. At top is the element to identify. You remember the rules. The blog feature "It's Elemental" is our version of Name that Tune. So locate the element at top and tell me what it is and where it is. Extra points for any history or good stories you know about the place it is connected to.
Put your answer in the comments below or email it to: email@example.com. Then check back for a future "It's Elemental" post where I will reveal all.
More about 312 W. 102nd Street
Both 310 and 312 W. 102nd Street were designed in the Romanesque or Renaissance Revival style by architect Martin Van Buren Ferdon (1860-1950) and built in 1892. They are twin buildings laid out between another Ferdon-designed set of twin buildings in an ABBA pattern. The houses at 310 and 312 are beauties, covered with delicious architectural details, including these sumptuous carvings, plus carved spandrels and a gorgeous cornice. Even the transom is illuminated with gold-filagree decoration around the street number. It's beautiful! Ferdon designed many other townhouses on nearby cross streets and on West End Avenue. Alas, many have been demolished. He was prolific and worked throughout the city. The townhouses were originally owned by Alphonse Hogenauer, a real-estate maven.