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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Park Avenue Armory Unveils Restored Veterans Room

The Park Avenue Armory's Veterans Room. The Park Avenue Armory's Veterans Room. Wikipedia

In his story “The Secret Room,” the French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet describes an interior so ornate as to defy description, whose very dimensions are shadowy but “whose considerable space must in reality extend all around, right and left, as it does toward the faraway browns and blues among the columns standing in line, in every direction.”

The Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory — completed in 1881 by the then-brand-new dream team of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Candace Wheeler and Samuel Colman — may be as close as any room in New York City comes to such beyond-words fantasia.

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