Wednesday, January 14

If these Walls could talk! The yappy intelligentsia rushes to fill the over-medicated silence on Wall Street as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council stages scholarly lectures in architecturally significant “temples” of finance, exploring how that pariah of a profession not only stole our grandparents’ retirement but made entire swaths of architecture in this city big, hulking, Pret A Manger–littered eyesores! Architectural historian Carol Willis, proprietress of an institution called the Skyscraper Museum, will speak at One Wall Street in what she called “a spectacular Art Deco room. It really has an incredible, posh period aura to it, with fantastic Art Deco detailing. … The general public doesn’t get up there.” Ms. Willis also had this nugget of architectural interest to offer: 30 seconds is the maximum elevator wait-time in tall buildings, according to industry standards, which have not changed since the early 20th century. Note to our office manager: We read a chapter of Twilight waiting for the elevator just this morning!

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mbryan@observer.com

Wednesday, January 14