Nolita Landmarks: Puck Building

Natalia Zarina

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Building: The Puck Building
Date built: 1885
History:

The Puck building derives its name from Puck Magazine,America’s “first successful humor magazine”–that is, humor in  social satire and political cartooning. The magazine is also the first to successfully use full-color lithography in weekly prints and the first magazine to carry illustrated advertising.

puck logoPuck-Building-new-york-354045_400_600Puck, originally a mischievous character from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s dream, served as the personified symbol of the satirical magazine. The magazine’s cover always quoted the character, Puck, as saying “What fools these mortals be!” Today, Puck can be found at the corner of the building and above the western doorway with a top-hat and a hand-mirror, ostensibly repeating his famous refrain to admiring pedestrians.

Architecture:
The Puck building serves as an example of “German Romanesque Revival” architecture. The façade of the building certainly exhibits a Romanesque style given the copious number of arches and the long lower…

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