Morris B. Sanders House, Turtle Bay, NYC

Although it seems by its date to far precede the rest of this blog, the Morris B. Sanders House, or Morris B. Sanders Studio & Apartment as it was listed when designated as a local landmark last year, definitely fits visually the style of the mid-century. As the Landmarks Preservation Commission states in its report, the structure “was one of the earliest structures in New York City to adapt the aesthetic principles pioneered by Le Corbusier and other European modernists…”

Built in 1934-35 by Sanders for his own use, its use of decorative glass block, tilework, as well as the lack of traditional ornament help identify it as an early use of modernist vocabulary. The entire LPC designation report is well worth reading and makes many references to the nearby Lescaze House, considered the first modernist house in New York City.

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