Opened another folder on camera’s memory card – and discovered more pics from the Renwick Hotel.
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This was my volunteer’ assignment site on Saturday afternoon, and proved to be the best in the last 2-3 years’ batch.
Not only because this witty boutique hotel was just open, everything looked fresh and squeaky-clean and only 3 floors were operational with staying guests; this time the architectural firm responsible for the project (Stonehill&Taylor) sent an interior designer to lead the tours (few years ago, at Hotel Americano, I had to improvise the tour myself, since architects didn’t show up).
And not just any designer – Elaine (not her real name: privacy rules) was part of the designing team, and could answer numerous questions in meticulous detail.
She was even kind enough to give me pages of actual presentation, Renwick/Steinbeck Suite/Lobby , which I linked here, with gratitude.
Open to the public last time before big renovation, TWA terminal in John.F.Kennedy airport was THE destination this past OpenHouse weekend.
The OHNY site description reads:
Architect: Eero Saarinen, 1962; Restoration, Beyer Blinder Belle, 2015
One of the most famous icons of mid-century modernism, the TWA Flight Center, beautifully restored over the last six years, is on the National Register of Historic Places. MCR Development, the firm selected by the Port Authority to celebrate Saarinen’s masterpiece and reopen it to the public, is advancing a privately-funded $265 million plan to rehabilitate the national landmark to its original splendor and deliver the first on-site, world-class airport hotel at JFK International Airport. Through a $65 million investment, MCR Development will preserve the iconic terminal for the public to enjoy. Expected to be complete in 2018, the redevelopment plan will include a museum focusing on New York City as the birthplace of the Jet Age, the storied history of TWA Airlines, and the Midcentury Modern design movement.
Sounds tempting? You bet, for you and me and, apparently, 10,000 more people! (or more – I just ballparked the #)
Yesterday dragged myself home, exhausted. Memory card filled, battery died – had to buy a pack on the run between two sites. Saw lots of beautiful, amazing things – promise to load pics later. Didn’t di my weekend chores, house is covered with dust, started laundry at 11pm, went to bed at 1am: happy as a bird. Now came back from Pilates, emptied camera’s memory and leaving again for Day 2.
Traditional announcement: tomorrow and Sunday Open House NY invites you to hundreds of publicly-accessible sites all around the city.
[And those of you who were lucky enough to register for a tour at Renwick hotel: you’ll meet me wearing volunteer’ T-shirt. See you tomorrow afternoon!]
Inconvenience of spending 5hrs of my Sunday time on a round trip to/from Inwood (“How tarsome”! – would say a certain E.F. Benson’s personage) was totally compensated by the park itself.
Fort Tryon is the stage of historical events of Revolutionary War, a gorgeous estate bought from original owner (Billing) and developed into park by Rockefeller – and one more example of Olmsted landscape design.
Sunday was my day of volunteering for Open House; I expected very little attendance due to distance. I was pleasantly surprised. My tally-sheet was filling up with visitors, and I had no difficulty to collect people for the tours.
It was a gorgeous day, unexpectedly sunny and warm, and I saw so many happy faces, human and canine, entering the park! One of pleasant experiences of volunteering is how visitors interact with you in your semi-official capacity; it never cease to amuse.