Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bell Laboratories Building Lamp


463 West Street is a 13 building complex located on the block between West Street, Washington Street, Bank Street, and Bethune Street. It was originally the home of Bell Telephone Laboratories between 1898 and 1966. For a time, it was the largest industrial research center in the United States. Many early technological inventions were developed here, including automatic telephone panel switches, the first experimental talking movies (1923), black and white and color TV, radar, the vacuum tube, the transistor, medical equipment, the development of the phonograph record and the first commercial broadcasts including the first broadcast of a baseball game and the New York Philharmonic with Toscanini conducting.
The site was also the home for part of the Manhattan Project during World War II.
After two years of renovations by Richard Meier, the building was reopened in 1970 as Westbeth Artists Community, a haven for low to middle income artists. In addition to affordable artist housing, the complex contains a theatre, an art gallery, and a synagogue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
This old lamp adorns the building facing West Street.

18 comments:

sonia a. mascaro said...

Love the old lamp on the building's façade! And very interesting the information about this building too!

Virginia said...

LOve this old lantern. I photographed many similar ones in Paris. Just beautiful against that worn brick wall. If and when I get to NYC, I'd love to tour this place. It sounds amazing KM.
V

Goggla said...

I was just walking by here the other day with a friend and we were discussing the history of that building and the light fixtures...you must have been hiding in the bushes!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This old lamp is so beautiful !! Nice shot !!Unseen Rajasthan

B SQUARED said...

An awful lot of history for one building.

Jean Spitzer said...

Wonderful texture on the bricks.

Jarart said...

I love light fixtures like this. They can add a bit of romance to an otherwise ordinary building.

glduro_marieloupe said...

Magnificent lamp, and magnificent photo!

baffled human said...

Feels Dickensian to me... love it.

Yoork said...

Very gothic! Love it!

john r decoste said...

Great picture! My grandfather was a scientist at bell labs and work on the Manhattan project.

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