* Thanks to Sam Donaldson who gave Stuart Jackson and me a tour of 85 Park Place. Thanks Stuart for including me.
* You are probably wondering if I like it. Well...
* What our modernist designers do best, they did here: Walls of windows and a soaring atrium that slashes tall and deep into the building "bringing" the sunlight.
* Interior windows light interior rooms so claustrophobics can be somewhat at ease.
* Open spaces mean you'll see your fellow students and teachers and they will see you right back.
* A monumental floating stairway "brings" the diagonals.
* Two words: terrazzo floors.
* There aren't any cultural symbols inside 85 Park Place. I just can't imagine portraits of judges or alumni, certainly no Moses in there. Wouldn't it would ruin the minimalist effect?
* Attention artists: Y'all could do something bodacious in here. Please do.
* Fortunately the blandness of the finishes, the soaring atrium, hallway enfilades and glorious windows take the eye outside towards the Candler Building, the Flatiron and the Carnegie Buildings.
* And you can go outside on the decks while you are inside.
* I didn't know there was a water tower atop the Carnegie.
* I was too busy looking outside to capture the inside but I did take a couple of videos.
*Here's one from a stairway landing, I even caught the street car. This feels BIG CITY.
* And another from higher up.
* You are probably wondering if I like it. Would I enjoy going to school in a brand new building with a view and elevated decks? Well yeah. Thanks Sam and Stuart.
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