|Montauk Club South Facade|
|Montauk Club from Corner|
|Pennsylvania Convention Center - Philadelphia|
(Designed by Francis H. Kimball)
Francis H. Kimball had worked for London architect William Burges and had many noteworthy buildings credited to his name including the Pennsylvania Convention Center - Reading Terminal Headhouse in Philadelphia (pictured above), Manhattan Life Insurance Building and the Empire Building. He was also partially responsible for establishing a "New York School" of architecture during the same time that architects like Louis Sullivan were establishing the well known "Chicago School" of architecture. In addition to the building's well known architect it is worth noting that the stone mason responsible for the Montauk Club's construction was Charles T. Mills, the most highly regarded stone mason in New York City at the time. Some of the buildings Mills was responsible for constructing include: the DeLamar House, University Club of New York and Pierpont Morgan Library.
|Montauk Club Loggia with Montauk Indian Frieze Above|
|Montauk Club - Montauk Indian Terracotta Ornament|
The building's design is based on the Venetian floral Gothic style. The quatrefoil spandrels, inflected arch windows, balustraded balconies and loggias all harken back to Venetian Gothic architecture. When I fist saw the Montauk Club building, I was reminded of the Palazzo Pisani Moretta (pictured below) and other buildings I photographed while in Venice. Venice's Ca' d'Oro and Palazzo Pisani Moretta have been cited as models for the Montauk's design. The building materials used to construct the Montauk Club are brownstone and brick with terracotta ornamentation. Much of the building's ornaments depict scenes that illustrate the lives of the Montauk Indians.
|Palazzo Pisani Moretta - Venice, Italy|