However, more so than exceptional deviations of the architecture, the brass lettering on Lexington Avenue tells the tale of the building’s many owners. Beneath the current Touro College text are traces of the past. In 1944 the school became the New York Phoenix School of Design—and you can clearly read this under the layers of old letters. Also visible are different spacings for the word York, which either belong to earlier, later, or possibly even mistaken naming of the school housed in the building; the school did merge with Pratt in the ‘70s. Sadly, after almost continuously housing one school or another, in 2006 it was sold to a private investor and has remained vacant since.
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