office buildings

1Today’s post are two office buildings (one federal, one county) taken in two very different cities. What caught my eye about the typography on the Federal Office Building in NYC is the sheer size of it. The letters are HUGE! The cars help a bit with the scale but seeing it in person is very intimidating and definitely gives the sense that you are walking by a building of importance. I wish I had taken more detailed shots of the letters to show how far the carving goes into the concrete. All caps, generously spaced serif type that spans a NYC block. Pretty remarkable. In stark contrast is the Minnehaha County Building in downtown Sioux Falls. Completely different architecture but has the same presence that it is also a building of importance. Here’s another shot from across the street:2A detailed shot of the sign above the door half way up the building, all caps, sans serif, 3D type:3This sign is located at the far left of the building. It is obvious this is a recent addition due to the more stylized type:4This historic marker is located right across the street:5Here’s a close up of the story of what happened on this site on July 13, 1882 (if you want to read the whole story, here it is, but it’s really sad):6Here’s a close up of the illustrations on the top of the sign:7The Minnehaha County Building, also referred to as the Old Minnehaha County Courthouse, was built in the late 1800’s. In the 1980’s, the courthouse was converted to a museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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2 responses to “office buildings

  1. Nicky, Nicky, Nicky- Thanks for side one of the Minnehaha sign, but where’s the other side?! I want to read the rest of the story!!!

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