Through the Years

May 8 2014, 5:30pm

Although the exterior of our gallery at 60 East 93rd Street has not changed significantly since its construction in 1930, we recently dug up some old photographs which show the building at different moments over the decades. It’s interesting to see how the landscape changes, even in such a small window. This first image shows the building (on the middle right) during construction in April 1931. As you can see by the sign, George A Fuller Inc. was the contractor charged with the job. Fuller has been credited as the “inventor” of modern skyscrapers and the modern contracting system, and the company’s best known buildings in New York City include the old Pennsylvania Station, the Flatiron building, and R.H. Macy’s on 34th Street.   This next photo appeared in a New York Times article about the revival of private home buying on the upper east side, dated December 6, 1931, which featured the building as Mrs. Graham Fair Vanderbilt’s new residence.

Traveling forward a few decades, we come to these Landmarks Preservation Commission photos of the building some time in the 1970s, most likely when it was still the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations. Can you identify the models of the cars parked out front?

We believe this next image comes from the 1990s, when the building belonged to the private French high school the Lycée Français de New York.

And so we come to today. This photo was taken just a few years ago—look how our little tree has grown! It is very special to have this kind of photographic record, and we hope to discover more images to add to our archive—hopefully including the interior as well!