Articles in the Elsewhere Category
The New York skyline is one familiar to us all, but away from the tourist landmarks some of the best architectural discoveries can be found by walking the streets and simply looking up. For those who love 20th century architecture there’s a towering treat around every corner. Here are five of my favourite finds:
National Maritime Union Headquarters, 36 Seventh Avenue (built 1963)
The National Maritime Union Headquarters, named after its founder and president Joseph Curran, was built by New Orleans architect Albert C. Ledner in 1963 – its white scalloped façade, rooftop ‘smokestack’ elevator and glass brick base designed to represent a sea voyage in the heart of the city.
In 1973 the building was bought by Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, located across the street, and renamed the Edward and Theresa O’Toole Medical Services Building. Greenwich Villagers nearly lost the Modernist marvel in 2008 when the Landmarks Preservation Commission granted St. Vincent’s application to replace the building with a hospital tower, but the hospital closed in 2010 before work could begin.
Fortunately for fans of the Midcentury ‘Marmite’ building, Ledner’s Seventh Avenue ship has since been anchored and restored by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for use as an emergency room and medical centre.
A 15 minute train ride along the coast and at under £5 for an off-peak adult return, the estuary town of Shoreham-by-Sea is a must-visit for lovers of vintage, stunning scenery and interesting architecture. See what we got up to on our visit in this visual diary…
The new footbridge allows easy access over the River Adur to the coastal side of the town, where mid-century beach-front houses sit streets away from an eclectic collection of houseboats and you can enjoy views over to the imposing Lancing College.
This side of the estuary is also home to Shoreham’s Art Deco Airport, the oldest licensed airfield in the UK.
As well as a 1960s German minesweeper, concrete barge and landing crafts, the community of houseboats includes those transformed by their handy owners, such as this sculptural pair – modified with parts of an old bus, three-wheeler and bath among other salvaged items.
As all good small towns should, Shoreham boasts several charity shops, with three large stores on the central East Street alone. Vintage-lovers should make a beeline for Cancer Research, which has a dedicated section of men’s and women’s vintage, as well as interesting books, crockery and accessories.
There’s nothing quite like chancing upon a little-known gem of a café on a day trip – especially when out-of-town bargain hunting leaves you in desperate need of cake. We were so taken with Mid-Century inspired vegan hotspot Moose’s Kitchen on a recent visit to St. Leonards that we had to track down manager Maresa Bossano, aka Moose, for a chat.
Why did you choose to open a café in St. Leonards?
The property in St. Leonards is cheaper than in Hastings and ours is a great location –right by the train station and lots of good shops and art galleries including our friends at The Kave Gallery, Claremont Studios and 20 Kings Road. As well as interesting quirky second-hand and charity shops, St Leonards also has lots other nice cafes and pubs and music venues, gardens and the beach to attract visitors.
How would you describe the style of the cafe?
I wanted to go for earthy and natural but with splashes of colour, I was eating jerusalem artichoke and mushroom soup one day and decided I wanted the walls the same colour! The style is very reflective of my personal tastes, indeed many of the pieces came from my house, which is a mixture of second-hand, hand-made, Fairtrade items and things I’ve picked up on my travels.