Presenting Monochromes, a new Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline; we'd love to hear from you.All photos via The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection
It's January 1961: President Dwight D. Eisenhower has announced the U.S. has severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, JFK is inaugurated, Ham the Chimp is rocketed into space, and Samuel H. Gottscho takes these sweet photos of a modern apartment complex in NYC's Upper East Side. That year the lobby of the Imperial House was shellacked with midcentury-style gloss, with undulating planters on the floor, walls of glass, and a prismatic, geometric sculpture. Have a look, below.
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