Stairways, fountains and STREETLIGHTS are among the many overlooked small things that enrich and give character to our cityscapes. Seeing and appreciating them is the idea behind the Urban Details series. Many have significant histories and are associated with important civic leaders, and many are merely the result of some functional requirement, but nearly all are the product of the loving hand labor of talented artisans.
Discover the Music Box Steps where Laurel and Hardy rolled a grand piano up a long stairway in this Academy Award-wining film. Imagine corseted high-heeled housewives negotiating hundreds of narrow steps heading to the streetcar carrying shopping bags. How about a fountain dedicated to Rudolph Valentino commissioned after his death by a group of loving fans? Learn about the “5-Globe Lewellyn,” the “Olympic Special” and other historic streetlights still gracing once-elegant boulevards.
These three compact books are designed as small photo albums ornamented with hand written captions conveying the sense of personal discovery the author felt while pursuing her research. Urban Details will inspire readers to rediscover the best hidden treasures in their own cities.
Description of books: Hardbound, wrapped in black paper, embossed w/ tipped in cover image, designed to imitate personal photo albums documenting the author’s discovery of the delicious urban details that enrich this large metropolis. Each book includes photographs and short histories with a color coordinated ribbon to mark the page for readers using them as guidebooks.