This is one of the greatest details I have seen yet. The lion is quite stylized and then the top of its head looks leaf-like. I love it! The roses are also very unique. Most architectural details I have seen with flowers so far are frontal. These are to the side, which is different.
118th Street between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue on the North side of the street.
It is one of the most beautiful historic buildings, or rather group of buildings that I have seen. Here are just a couple of pictures of the courtyard from the masters' graduation day today. It's funny I have eaten in this courtyard several times, but it wasn't until I began this blog that I started noticing things like the scary face up by the entryway.
Here are two deer and the skylights at my favorite Thai restaurant in New York: Seeda Thai II. The decor is not outstanding here, but the food is very good. The skylights are probably the best part, so go when it's light out.
Here is some more aesthetically pleasing iron work. I'm not sure if I like it visually because it does look a bit like hearts. I'm not all about cutesy architectural decoration. I may just like that it's the gate from Columbia University Teachers College, and I miss seeing it on a regular basis. I do really like the spirals on the zoomed out picture though...
South side of TC 120th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway
Since beginning the architectural observation process I have noticed a lot of lions with rings in their mouths. I would guess that it has to do with protection, but I'm not sure. Please let me know if I am wrong about this, or if any of you out there have more information about this architectural symbol.