Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Circle Building - Columbus Circle NYC - Atlantic Terra Corra - Hearst - James C Green Architect - 1915 (Copyright Expired - Public Domain - Photos)

The Imperishable Presence of Citizen Hearst


Two years after its (Maine Monument, Columbus Circle) dedication, Hearst began building the American Circle Building on the site now occupied by the Trump International Hotel and Tower. It was to be 30 stories but never got farther than two. Yet it contained a great secret, which came to light during demolition in 1966. 

Tucked inside the courtyard, invisible from surrounding streets and sidewalks, was another structure altogether — “a cameo Gothic cathedral,” The New York Times called it. Unable to solve the mystery, The Times passed on speculation that it might have been intended as Hearst’s own office; or as a suite for the editors of The American, one of his papers; or even that it had been fitted up as a private chapel for Davies. Who knows?

Hearst was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe the chapel was something he couldn’t get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything. I don’t think any room can explain a man’s life. No, I guess the chapel is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle, a missing piece.

(Copyright Expired - Public Domain - Atlantic Terra Cotta Photos above) Source: Atlantic Terra Cotta – V.2 1914


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