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Aug. 26th, 2011 | 04:00 pm
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posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces



New York City is a place where people tend to wander the streets looking skyward. It's an almost involuntary reflex, especially for those who do not frequent Manhattan on a regular basis.
This is understandable though, as the skyline here is unlike anything else and almost forces one's eyes toward the clouds. This feeling of awe is eventually dulled through time,
and the spectacle of New York architecture becomes but a distant memory to those who dwell or do business within it's boundaries. However, behind the closed and chained doors of
the Temple Court building can be found a sight that would turn even the most seasoned urbanite's face toward the sun.

In the center of this otherwise plain lobby lies perhaps the most beautiful atrium in all of New York. The amazing design work found herein allows one standing in the ground-floor lobby
a clear view of the sky through over nine floors of building. Just now being renovated, this atrium has been sealed away from view since the 1940 when it was deemed in violation of city firecode.
After it was hidden away behind walls of wood and concrete, many forgot about it altogether. Tenants moving into the office building after the entombment of the atrium would never even
be aware of its existence. In place of a nine-story open lobby workers here only saw only walls.



The Temple Court building itself has a long-standing history as a part of the New York skyline. Not only was it one of the original tall “fireproof” office buildings in New York City,
it is now the earliest surviving one. Harkening back to the days of old New York, and an era before the development of looming skyscrapers. Temple Court has remained essentially the same
since it's construction well over a century ago. Aside from minor upgrades, it looks more-or-less as it did upon opening. The peaked towers are part of the original design, and hint at an
architectural trend of pyramidal forms that later became popular in the skyscrapers that now watch over the building.

I, along with a small group of like-minded photographers, was granted access to the property to document things before any heavy renovations begin to take place. Unlike most of my work,
this building is not truly an “abandoned” place... simply a forgotten one. Being the third building in all of the city to have an elevator installed, I was quite excited to see it was still operating
on the day I was there filming. Running up and down nine flights of stairs, no matter how ornate and beautiful, was not an aspect of my trip which I was overly ecstatic about.
The plans call for this old office building to become the “Beekman Palace”, a grand hotel of some 180 rooms. I am sure that upon its reopening to the public few will be able to avoid
casting their gaze skyward, even if they haven't done so in many years.








































The following film was recorded by Christina and edited by the both of us... three times until we liked it.
It features a fair amount of light-play and time-lapsing...




Thank you to everyone for your time, I hope you enjoyed the post.
Christina and I been on a truly "urban" exploration kick as of late.
It's been an interesting change up from the deep woods and poison ivy of um... rural exploration. (Rurex?)
~Rusty

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Feather Quill

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from: featherxquill
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Gorgeous pictures! I first saw photos of this place on the blog "Scouting NY", and later recognised it in an episode of Law and Order: SVU. You have provided several new, more beautiful shots, though. Such a beautiful building.

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ruler of the world

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from: ice489
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I learned about it there, too, and got really excited when I recognized it during SVU!

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The Missus

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from: after_the_ashes
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Wow, beautiful!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Wow, the architecture is truly stunning!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
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The atrium is the main draw here.
I'm curious as to what it will look like when reopened.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I've seen pics of this building before. Was it energy savings or saftey concerns that closed up the atrium? Sad, but at least all the wrought iron and glass is still intact until that time at which they come to their senses and restore the building to it's former spendor!!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
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It was sealed up due to some fire regulation issue concerning the glass ceiling.
Walling the thing up may have actually helped preserve the railings and ironwork, so in the long run it was beneficial.

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Inverse Calico

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from: inversecalico
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
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It's got absolutely gorgeous bones. I'm so glad it's going to be preserved!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad it's being saved as well. Old New York is my favorite part of New York.

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from: misterwint
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
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one hell of a building, thanks for sharing it

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Welcome. Thanks for saying so.

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The Mistlethrush

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from: gairid
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
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What a gorgeous old place! Even with all the neglect and decay the elegance shines through--marvelous!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
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It will be beautiful once all is restored.
I plan to visit in when it reopens.

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Miss Mircea

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from: missmircea
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
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Aamazing pictures as always

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
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*blush*

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franklanguage

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from: franklanguage
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad you got to photograph this building; I often pass it when I'm downtown and I so wish I could have gotten to see it for myself. Seeing your pictures is at least as good, though.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Ha, well glad to be of service.

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Ponee

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from: featherfire
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
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Wow, what a beautiful building.

(Rurex sounds like some kind of 1950s pharmaceutical >>)

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.
And agreed about the Rurex, I can almost picture the logo now.

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avalonjones

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from: avalonjones
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
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Breathtaking!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

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synnie

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from: synnoveaevael
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
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GAAAH. i love that building. they just don't make them like this anymore. such attention to detail, and gorgeous hand carvings.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
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It is a wonderful building.
Though, I have no idea what White Collar is. Please excuse me if I sound naive,
but I don't watch television... is that a show?

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Edie

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from: edienippoli
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
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Gorgeous! They just used it in a seriously awesome way in WC. Fell in love with the building and am so glad you posted this series of photographs because I was dying to see/know more.

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Edie

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from: edienippoli
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
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Err *White Collar

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lenka0602

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from: lenka0602
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
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What an astonishing building! It is an unbelievable shame it was left to rot like that. Look at that architectural beauty! Look at the gorgeous design! This honestly is criminal.

Thank you for posting the photos, though. Must have been an amazing exeprience wandering the corridors. It is not that I am jealous or anything ;)

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
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It's not rotting really, and they are doing more restoration work every day.
Most of the windows on the annex are new now, and they have been removing the oak-framed interior windows to be restored.

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umihana

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from: umihana
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Agreed.

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pansypoo

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from: pansypoo
date: Aug. 27th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
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if i needed to stay in a hotel, i'd wanna go there.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
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I would too, but only on the cheap. Haha

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athousandsmiles

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from: athousandsmiles
date: Aug. 28th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
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That building is stunning! How sad they covered up that gorgeous atrium for so many years. You captured all the beautiful detail perfectly. Also, kudos to Christina for the filming. I think this vid is my favorite yet. You two make a great team.

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Christina Therese

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from: deadgirl1307
date: Aug. 28th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Glad you liked the video =)

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lilbitbord

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from: lilbitbord
date: Aug. 28th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
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Such a beautiful building! The Atrium is gorgeous. Thank you for posting the backstory on the building. I love reading about the history.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
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The history is often the best part ;)

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Semper fudge!

Love it!

from: babylon_goo
date: Aug. 28th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
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This post caused a serious case of Homer Simpson-esque drooling! Thank you!

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 Come One, Come All...

Re: Love it!

from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Haha... I'm sorry about the drooling.

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kpsp95

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from: kpsp95
date: Aug. 28th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Stunning shots. Absolutely beautiful building and architecture.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm very happy that it's being saved.
Being that it will reopen as a hotel, that means passers-by can walk in and see the atrium on a whim.

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Doriana Grey

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from: corielcries
date: Aug. 31st, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
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Holy wow.

Amazing detailing there. I have to admit that I am grateful it is being saved.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Sep. 1st, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to see everyone here enjoys this post, even though the place isn't technically "abandoned".

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presterjon

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from: presterjon
date: Aug. 31st, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Rusty. The best part of what you do is provide historical context. If you ever head to Detroit let me know.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Sep. 1st, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks! It's really awesome when people appreciate the background info.
You're a local of Detroit I assume? If so I will definitely hit you up if we head out that way.

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