"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Saturday, September 29, 2007

75 Smith: The Tutti Frutti Building

(artist rendering: picture credit www.75smith.com)

Real Time pictures taken September 2007

Call me a minimalist if you want, but in my book, less is always more. Take the example of The Smith, Leviev/ Boymelgreen's box that is almost finished at the corner of Smith and Atlantic. As the building was getting its brick veneer, I was at first amused and then distressed about the many colors of brick used. The other day, I happened to walk by and counted the various shades.

*There is your "run of the mill brick" colored brick.
*There is the "Look!-I-Could-Be-Brownstone" dark brown brick.
*There is the lighter "Let's Totally Be Creative" slightly lighter brown brick
*And the pièce de résistance, the element that is supposed to tie everything together, but doesn't: the "limestone" color brick.

Now, I am sure that all of this looked clever on paper, but in reality, all these different blocks of color give 75 Smith a real cheap look. Wouldn't the building have looked better in one color brick with some real interest over the windows? How about something like a cornice?
Am I being too critical? Well, probably! I am just so tired of those inelegant, thoughtless monstrosities going up.

Related Links:
Leviev Boymelgreen
75 Smith


Anonymous said...

I heard that they are going to renovate the St. Clair DIner, I hope they don't any cues from that condo institution, doesn't look much different from the house of detention across the way.

Katia said...

Ha, that is funny! You are right. The prison building is starting to look pretty good next to these condo boxes. And the prisoners don't have to pay a cool mil.

Miss Heather said...

Nothing says "luxury" likes Fedders boxes.

Katia said...

Yes, a classy building. You know that our boys Leviev and Boymelgreen went all out....