The Bronx isn’t exactly known for its architecture, excepting maybe the Grand Concourse, but the Lehman College Art Gallery is hoping to change that perception with a new and very impressive website chronicling the borough’s vast architectural heritage. (The gallery happens to be located in one of those hidden treasures, a campus building that was Marcel Breuer’s first project in the city.) The site, called simply Bronx Architecture, chronicles some 75 notable buildings scattered about the borough, ranging from the notable (the Bronx County Building, the Hall of Justice, the Kingsbridge Armory, new Yankee Stadium) to the obscure (Villa Charlotte Bronte, the Institute for Special Education, Williamsbridge Reservoir Keeper’s House).
The site also contains thorough biographies of the architects behind these buildings, as well as profiles of 35 Bronx neighborhoods, walking tours, maps, teachers’ guides, and—in case there was any doubt in Bronx Architecture’s authority—a bibliography of 55 sources. It’s a remarkable enterprise, and arguably unmatched in scope and style by anything in the other four boroughs, though it does have a predecessor: the gallery launched a similar site surveying the Bronx’s public art in 2003. Should you be impressed enough to toast those behind Bronx Architecture, swing by the gallery tonight to celebrate its 25th anniversary, its current show, and the launching of the site. To which we say, “Cheers!”