Shorpy April 01, 2017

Detroit, 1907. “Hotel Pontchartrain under construction.” The 10-story, 298-room “Pontch,” after expanding up with a five-story addition completed in 1910, came back down in 1920 at the tender age of 13, demolished to make way for an office tower. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Manhattan circa 1909. “New Pennsylvania Station, New York, N.Y.” The Beaux-Arts behemoth whose demolition in 1963 lit a fire under the nation’s armchair architects. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative.


July 1943. Washington, D.C. “A child whose home is an alley dwelling near the U.S. Capitol.” Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information.


August 1943. Southfields, New York. “Interracial activities at camp Nathan Hale, where children are aided by the Methodist Camp Service. First aid.” Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information.