One of the most special and intriguing parts of living on the Upper West Side is just how beautifully unique our buildings are. We all know that the Upper West Side has so many architectural gems but do you know about the hidden signs and engravings that adorn many of our buildings?
On Tuesday, July 17th, from 6:15pm-7:30pm, join Landmark West for “Signs of the Past: Lettering and Signage of the Upper West Side!” On this tour, you will learn how to spot a layer of history that many of us overlook. Landmark West says, “even the most ordinary buildings may contain signs and lettering that reveal fascinating details and link us to our city’s vibrant past.”
This tour will be lead by Alexander Tochilovsky, who is an educator and curator at The Cooper Union. Tochilovsky will take event-goers on a unique journey through the Upper West Side, showing hidden traces of long-ago signs, lettering, and fonts that connect us to both another artistic layer of the Upper West Side and the shops and lives of yesteryear.
Since 1985, Landmark West, a non-profit, has worked to achieve landmark status for individual buildings and historic districts on the Upper West Side and to protect them from insensitive change and demolition. Landmark West is the proud curator of more than 3,500 designated architectural and cultural landmarks from 59th to 110th Streets, Central Park to Riverside Park. They are dedicated to building community and promoting awareness of our neighborhood’s special character.