I relocated to the apartment building at 165 Seaman Avenue in Inwood at the northern tip of Manhattan last spring. The building, which comprises six floors and some seventy apartments, was constructed in 1937 and reflects important architectural trends of the period. Certain distinctive and attractive elements on the exterior and in the interior stamp the building with many of the hallmarks of the architectural style Streamline Moderne (also known as Art Moderne).
Streamline Moderne arose in the 1930s in America in the wake of the Great Depression. It may be viewed as a simplified, economical development of late Art Deco. Characteristics include use of: rounded corners and other elements reflective of aerodynamic or nautical design; bold but simple geometric patterns emphasizing straight lines, circles, and curves; chrome, aluminum and steel elements; and glass blocks (including illuminated glass blocks). All of these elements are found in my building.
The glory of my building’s exterior is seen at the top of this page: the stone entrance with large, aluminum double doors with an emphasis on straight lines and circles, which is typical of Streamline Moderne.
To begin a virtual tour of the building, click on the picture in the upper left-hand corner of the gallery. Alternatively, click on any picture that strikes your fancy.