American Academy of Dramatic Arts

When I was walking to Church on Sunday, I ran across a building I hadn’t noticed before and thought it was interesting.  It’s the American Academy of Dramatic Art located at 33rd Street and Madison Avenue.

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The building’s sign state that this was constructed in 1907 and was the original home of the “Colony Club“.  That club was the first social club for women and was founded by one of the daughters of JP Morgan.  The thing that I find interesting is that it was designed by Stanford White and he was killed just three months before this building was completed.  If you’re not aware of the circumstances of his death, think “Trial of the Century” sorts of thoughts and take a look at Harry Thaw’s trail in Wikipedia.

Oh, and that is the Empire State Building in the background. 

-H

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