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A new exhibit looks at the rich diversity of Queens's low-rise homes

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Architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri has been conducting a photographic survey of the borough since 2012

Eclectic Row. Briarwood, NY. 2017
Via Rafael Herrin-Ferri/The Architectural League of New York

In 2012, architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri began photographing low-rise houses in Queens not just to understand the differences in the borough’s low-rise housing stock, but to examine how Queens’s attached, semi-detached, and detached houses, along with its small apartment buildings, reflected the rich diversity of the borough’s population.

To date, he has documented one third of the borough in over 5,000 photographs, and now his work is the subject of a new exhibition by the Architectural League of New York titled, All the Queens Houses.

The exhibit, which opens October 20 and can be seen by the public at the League’s office gallery on Fridays, is comprised of 273 of Herrin-Ferri photographs. Herrin-Ferri focused on the buildings’ facades, side elevations, and any other distinct features in his photographs.

At the exhibit, the photographs are lined up in alphabetical order by neighborhood, starting with Astoria. In addition, Herrin-Ferri has decided to give his photographs humorous names, which the Architectural League describes as “part academic, part broker listing, part New York magazine caption.”

Herrin-Ferri has been working as an architect in New York since 2003. He is currently a Senior Architect at Studio Joseph. Herrin-Ferri’s photographic survey of Queens houses will continue until he has traversed the entire length and breadth of the borough.

Now here’s a sampling of some of the photographs and the humorous captions:

Triple-Peak Row with Terraced Garages. Maspeth, NY. 2014
Wedding Cake Condo. Astoria, NY. 2017
Palladian Fantasy Condo on Parking Plinth. Flushing, NY. 2017
East Elmhurst Gropius. East Elmhurst, NY. 2017
Technicolor Tudorized Row. Jamaica, NY. 2017