November 4, 2023

ARTIFACT: 1926 Prospectus, Part 3

Where the New York business man can live near his job ‒ this is the basic reason why Tudor City received such unanimous endorsement. This architect's perspective shows the earlier construction planned for the development. Future units will preserve the same architectural design. Note the broad, paved streets and spacious parks.

In this, our last installment on the 1926 prospectus, an imagined rendering of Tudor City appears. Although the size and design of these buildings would be altered, the basic shape of the colony is here, save for The Woodstock and Hotel Tudor which were soon added. One other omission was the power station ‒ and its gigantic smokestacks ‒ at 40th Street and First Avenue. 

We also must note the space provided to the positive press reaction ‒ six pages total, nearly a third of the booklet.

Here are a few of the newspaper clippings describing Tudor City. Newspapers throughout the country, in news and editorial columns, carried details of the proposed Fred F. French development. The soundness and practicality of the development struck a responsive chord in the press. "A Cure for Strap Hanging," the New York Sun called Tudor City. In the following pages are reprinted some of the editorial comments on the development.

 What followed was the reprinting the articles praising the planned development. Then, on the last page, Fred F. French's thoughts on the matter.

On the back cover are the founder's initials.

1 comment:

  1. How fortunate we are to be living in that so well known part of the World, know as “Tudor City” Many are called but few are chosen!