Holly Block: Bronx Lobby-ists

October 6, 2011 1:30 PM

A group tours 1150 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The residency is also known as "the fish building" for its celebrated aquatic-themed mosaics. Flickr/Design Trust for Public Space

The Bronx has one of the largest examples of Art Deco design in the world, so I often take people interested in architecture and urban planning on tours of different buildings on the Grand Concourse. There are obvious standouts like 888 Grand Concourse and 1150 — the fish building — but time has not been terribly kind to other buildings. The best way to imagine their former glory is to poke your head into the lobbies — just make sure to ask the doorman’s permission.


Holly Block has been executive director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts since 2006.

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