Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The same year as the DAVIDSON HOUSES which Paul built in the Bronx, (and obviously got a good bulk rate on concrete block for), he was constructing a much more digested set of housing (7 and 8 story towers) on Home Street between Prospect Avenue and Union Avenues. These smaller houses used the same construction method and showed attention to finer details (although they were few) notice the "mansard" parapet and the fence post. Despite the few details, the AIA Guide to New York City did manage another concise write up: "Exposed cast-in-place concrete frames with dark gray, ribbed block infill, these 8-story low-rent apartment buildings are a refreshing change from the monotonous red brick towers previously bestowed upon the city's neighborhoods by the Authority". On our visit, the grass was lush and the trees were healthy.
Along a side street, private apartments fronted onto the street and were even set back with their own patios.
Say what you will about public housing, but this "project" appeared alive a well with proud tenants enjoying their public spaces.
To visit the NYCHA Lewis S. Davidson, Sr. Houses yourself, take the Lexington Avenue #4 train to 167th Street. Transfer to the 35 bus going East to Union. Then walk South to Home Street. OR do the Lexington Avenue #6 train to 149th Street. Transfer to the 17 bus going North to Home Street. Once you're there take lots of PICTURES and post to the Foundation Flickr Group!