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    Link to the story (w/photos) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/02/nyregion/02plaque.html?ei=5087&em=&en=132731eb 2830daf9&ex=1194235200&pagewanted=print A
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      Link to the story (w/photos)
      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/02/nyregion/02plaque.html?ei=5087&em=&en=132731eb
      2830daf9&ex=1194235200&pagewanted=print


      A Decorative Piece of Subway History Is Unearthed in a Busy Station
      By DAVID W. DUNLAP, NY Times

      A lovely little piece of subway history on the uptown platform of the No. 1
      line at 59th Street-Columbus Circle -- so old it actually antedates the trains
      -- was concealed from generations of riders by a false wall.

      With the false wall being removed as part of the station renovation, history
      has come to light again: a blue-and-white Art Nouveau plaque, with a flowery
      border (worthy of willow ware) encircling the words, "The Tiles in This Exhibit
      are the product of the American Encaustic Tiling Co. Limited / Zanesville Ohio
      / New-York N.Y."

      What exhibit?

      It turns out that the 59th Street station was a kind of proving ground for the
      architects Heins & LaFarge in 1901, three years before the Interborough Rapid
      Transit Company trains began running through it.

      "The architects used its walls as an art gallery, experimenting with decorative
      ideas in various colors of tiles and other materials," Philip Ashforth Coppola
      wrote in "Silver Connections: A Fresh Perspective on the New York Area Subway
      Systems" (Four Oceans Press, 1984). "When the real decorating of Columbus
      Circle began, all these preliminary experiments were covered over and
      forgotten." That is, until this fall.

      The plaque and the tiles surrounding it, which were also experimental, are
      cemented into an 18-inch-thick original structural wall, said Paul J.
      Fleuranges, a New York City Transit vice president. That wall is being removed
      to provide more passenger space. Complicating an already complex job, Mr.
      Fleuranges said, "the historical find has presented project managers with
      another set of problems to solve."

      They plan to cut a segment out of the wall behind the plaque and surrounding
      tiles, extract that segment and then cut it down further to make it easier to
      transport and store. In the end, Mr. Fleuranges said, the plaque will be found
      where a lovely little piece of subway history ought to be: the New York Transit
      Museum.

      At the moment, it is on display for anyone with a MetroCard to see. Diana
      Agosta, her husband, Ken Wessel, and their son, Leonardo Wessel, were heading
      home from the Ziegfeld Theater the other night when they caught sight of the
      plaque. Ms. Agosta took a picture with her cellphone camera.

      "It seemed that the drab, 1960-ish wall had been stripped away and this
      perfect, gorgeous tile -- decorated like a teacup -- just appeared," she said.
      "Even though New York is not an ancient city like Rome, it's fascinating to me
      that when you look around, you so often see little remnants of the past like
      this."
    • Plume, Barbara (OTDA)
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        Link to the story (w/photos)
        http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/02/nyregion/02plaque.html?ei=5087&em=&en=
        132731eb
        <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/02/nyregion/02plaque.html?ei=5087&em=&en
        =132731eb>
        2830daf9&ex=1194235200&pagewanted=print

        A Decorative Piece of Subway History Is Unearthed in a Busy Station
        By DAVID W. DUNLAP, NY Times

        A lovely little piece of subway history on the uptown platform of the
        No. 1
        line at 59th Street-Columbus Circle -- so old it actually antedates the
        trains
        -- was concealed from generations of riders by a false wall.

        With the false wall being removed as part of the station renovation,
        history
        has come to light again: a blue-and-white Art Nouveau plaque, with a
        flowery
        border (worthy of willow ware) encircling the words, "The Tiles in This
        Exhibit
        are the product of the American Encaustic Tiling Co. Limited /
        Zanesville Ohio
        / New-York N.Y."

        What exhibit?

        It turns out that the 59th Street station was a kind of proving ground
        for the
        architects Heins & LaFarge in 1901, three years before the Interborough
        Rapid
        Transit Company trains began running through it.

        "The architects used its walls as an art gallery, experimenting with
        decorative
        ideas in various colors of tiles and other materials," Philip Ashforth
        Coppola
        wrote in "Silver Connections: A Fresh Perspective on the New York Area
        Subway
        Systems" (Four Oceans Press, 1984). "When the real decorating of
        Columbus
        Circle began, all these preliminary experiments were covered over and
        forgotten." That is, until this fall.

        The plaque and the tiles surrounding it, which were also experimental,
        are
        cemented into an 18-inch-thick original structural wall, said Paul J.
        Fleuranges, a New York City Transit vice president. That wall is being
        removed
        to provide more passenger space. Complicating an already complex job,
        Mr.
        Fleuranges said, "the historical find has presented project managers
        with
        another set of problems to solve."

        They plan to cut a segment out of the wall behind the plaque and
        surrounding
        tiles, extract that segment and then cut it down further to make it
        easier to
        transport and store. In the end, Mr. Fleuranges said, the plaque will be
        found
        where a lovely little piece of subway history ought to be: the New York
        Transit
        Museum.

        At the moment, it is on display for anyone with a MetroCard to see.
        Diana
        Agosta, her husband, Ken Wessel, and their son, Leonardo Wessel, were
        heading
        home from the Ziegfeld Theater the other night when they caught sight of
        the
        plaque. Ms. Agosta took a picture with her cellphone camera.

        "It seemed that the drab, 1960-ish wall had been stripped away and this
        perfect, gorgeous tile -- decorated like a teacup -- just appeared," she
        said.
        "Even though New York is not an ancient city like Rome, it's fascinating
        to me
        that when you look around, you so often see little remnants of the past
        like
        this."





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