New York’s Treasure Chest of Clocks

The 7th Regiment Armory, a huge, turreted red brick and brownstone structure on New York’s posh Upper East Side, is a triumph of Victorian architecture and engineering. Built in 1877-81 and designed by Charles W. Clinton, the Park Avenue colossus defined the armory as a building type. Its castle-like administration wing and soaring, unobstructed drill hall became the hallmark of armory buildings for the next 50 years. In addition to its military functions, the armory served as a social club for its members, who included some of New York’s most illustrious citizens. True to its name, the area’s “Silk Stocking” 7th Regiment called on the period’s best-known interior design firms to decorate the ceremonial and regimental rooms. Associated Artists (Louis C. Tiffany & Co.), Herter Brothers, Pottier & Stymus, George C. Flint & Co., Kimbel & Cabus, and Alexander Ro
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