Travels with Larry: New York City
14 Oct 2015
Brass with Class− 5th Avenue
By Larry Peters, Copper Development Association Project Manager & Architectural Applications Specialist
Walks through New York, never cease to amaze me. There’s so much top notch architectural copper and copper alloy work in the city, it’s easy to simply lose track of it!
The street level façade of the Fred F. French building on Fifth Ave. is simply incredible. Various sources indicate the façade as bronze—but understanding the common confusion about copper alloy nomenclature, I’d put my money on both brass and bronze.
Tommy Bahamas currently occupies the ground floor. They have a nice bar/restaurant on the second floor. Pretty good island-inspired cuisine. As you go up the spiral staircase, note the ornamental brass rods holding up the stairs, and the weathered brass bartop:
Interior: MNA architects.
If you can’t get enough of the brass components on the awesome art deco façade of Bergdorf Goodman’s store (745 5th Ave between 57th and 58th St) (listed in many references as Brass and Brushed Nickel) simply turn 180 degrees and look at the great weathered bronze entrance to their building on the even side of the street!