Lower Broadway  N.Y. City

Lower Broadway N.Y. City

In this winter scene showing Lower Broadway in New York City, the former Singer Building at center towers above all. For one year, 1908-1909, it was the tallest building in the world at 612′. The former world headquarters of the Singer Sewing machine company, it was designed by architect Ernest Flagg. (1857-1947)

No longer standing, it was demolished in 1968. The building was a monument to engineering progress and a significant feature of Manhattan’s skyline during the early part of the 20th Century. Ever taller buildings followed, including the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (1909) at 700′; The Woolworth Building (1913) at 792′; the Chrysler Building (1930) at 1046′; and Empire State Building (1931) at 1250′.

The Singer Building or Tower was further chronicled in well-known compositions by significant photographers soon after it was built. These include The Singer Building, Twilight (photogravure, 1913) by Alvin Langdon Coburn; Lower Manhattan and The City of Ambition, (both 1910) by Alfred Stieglitz; and Cables–Singer Building, Late Afternoon, (1912) by Karl Struss.

Lower Broadway  N.Y. City was taken by award-winning amateur American photographer Charles Hellmuth, (1887-1945) a member of the Pictorial Photographers of America. At the time it was taken, the New York City resident was making his living as a commercial lithographer and poster artist for the Acme Litho Company in the city. A significant addition and legacy of the Pictorialist photographic movement from the early 1920’s, a small body of  Hellmuth’s work as artist/photographer owned by the PhotoSeed Archive will appear as part of a planned post later in 2014.

Print details recto: manilla paper cover sheet taped from verso along with the number 560 in graphite underlined on verso of sheet. Print centered and corner-glued to backing board.

verso: titled in bold black ink: Lower Broadway  N.Y. City.
signed by Hellmuth in script: Photograph made & submitted by – along with ink stamp:
Chas. A. Hellmuth
338 W. 22nd St.
New York

Lower Broadway N.Y. City

Image Dimensions32.1 x 20.3 cm

Support Dimensions38.8 x 27.9 cm