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Photo 193 - architecture

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Posted by Misterl on Tuesday, October 4th 2022:

The substation's exterior was designed to be compatible with the urban streetscape, incorporating architectural details that helped soften the building's industrial presence. The first IRT substations were some of the most ornate built. Richly decorated, Beaux Arts facades masked the substations' utilitarian function. Number 18 on Simpson Street was the only one of its type in the Bronx, but there were 8 similar ones in Manhattan. Information from "New York's Forgotten Substations" by Christopher Payne (2002). Yes, there actually is a book published about substations!

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