Tag: Richard Meier

Westbeth Turns 50!

On May 19, 1970, a project like no other ever imagined or realized before opened its doors on the corner of West and Bethune Streets. Westbeth (a portmanteau of those street names) was the first large scale adaptive reuse of …

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Happy Birthday, Richard Meier

American architect Richard Meier was born on this day in 1934. Over the course of his nearly sixty-year career Meier has designed countless buildings all over the world and received numerous prizes including the Pritzker Prize in Architecture in 1984, the …

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On This Day: Bell Labs Invents the “Talkie”

Seen a movie lately? If so, you have the West Village’s Bell Laboratories (now known as Westbeth) to thank for all the dialogue, music and sound effects that you heard. On this date in 1926, the revolutionary technology responsible for …

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A Landmark Anniversary for Westbeth

Four years ago this Sunday, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted unanimously to landmark Westbeth, following through on a promise made eleven years ago to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and other community groups …

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Westbeth Announced: August 7th, 1967

On August 7th, 1967, the J.M. Kaplan Fund and the newly-constituted National Endowment for the Arts announced plans for a project that would help transform Greenwich Village, New York, housing for artists, industrial buildings, and older industrial cities across the …

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Westbeth Landmarked!

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) just voted unanimously to landmark Westbeth, following through on a promise made seven years ago to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and other community groups working to extend landmark …

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