When the restoration of the Flatiron District's Merchants Bank of New York building at 141 Fifth Avenue got underway in advance of its condo conversion, the 1897 building's Beaux Arts facade was shrouded in netting sporting a picture of the building's facade. It was a fun way to liven up a depressing black shroud, and a reminder that, hey, the work will be worth it in the end. That was two-and-a-half years ago, and we were starting to wonder if maybe the illustration was the building's new permanent face. Not so! Broker-blogger Andrew Fine reports that the faux-cade is finally coming down at the corner of 21st Street. Worth the wait?
· Revealing: 141 Fifth Losing Its Faux-Cade [A Fine Blog]
· The Evolution of Advertecture: Is it Art? [Curbed]