|Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh|
|The Art Students League of New York
215 West 57th Street
New York, N.Y. 10019
West 57th and 58th Streets between Seventh Avenue and Broadway
Nov. 4, 1891, to Oct. 31, 1892 (Hardenbergh collaborated with W.C. Hunting & J.C. Jacobsen)
Art school and gallery
"A stately French Renaissance pile, originally built for an organization that included the Architectural League; now a somewhat academic art school for both amateurs and professionals, perhaps closer to the mainstream in these days of recovered realism."
Designated a New York City individual landmark in 1968. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Viewed in the context of Hardenbergh's other work, it's easy to see the influence of Hunting and Jacobsen in the ornate stonework here. The back is significantly less interesting. Reflect light plays on five brick arches. Lacking windows, the backside presents a bleak face to 58th Street, and thus is subject to graffiti artists, whose efforts seem to focus on and near the doorways on either side.
This building was built to house the American Fine Arts Society, which Hardenbergh helped found.