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Samuel H. Gottscho
As a young man, Samuel Gottscho (1875-1971) recorded the nighttime glories of Coney Island's early 20th-century amusement parks, but he became a professional success with the establishment of his own architectural photography firm in 1925. He received numerous important commissions from New York architects, developers, and contractors, including photographing private homes and major projects such as Raymond Hood's Rockefeller Center. Straddling the line between artistic and commercial photography, the collection includes not only pictures made for his commercial clients, but also non-commissioned work depicting iconic portraits of New York's changing skyline, bridges, and skyscrapers in the years between the world wars.
[Midtown skyline from Brooklyn]

[Midtown skyline from Brooklyn]

View from Brooklyn facing west over the East River towards the Manhattan skyline at dusk. The Empire...

Vista under elevated railroad at Coenties Slip

Vista under elevated railroad at Coenties Slip

View from under the elevated tracks at Coenties Slip of automobiles and skyscrapers in the Financial...

Midtown Through Mist from Queensboro Bridge

Midtown Through Mist from Queensboro Bridge


Luna Park

Luna Park

View of Luna park at night lit up with many lights.

[RCA Building]

[RCA Building]

View of the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center, with scaffolding.

Fifth Avenue Buildings and Lake, Central Park

Fifth Avenue Buildings and Lake, Central Park

View facing southeast from Central Park. The pond at the southeast corner of the park with rowboats...

Financial District over Barges at Pier 6 - East River

Financial District over Barges at Pier 6 - East River

View of men on barges at Pier 6 and the East River in the foreground and the skyline of the Financial...

Financial District from Pier 6  East River

Financial District from Pier 6 East River

View of the Financial Districts from Pier 6 at Coenties Slip at South St. The bandstand at Jeanette...

From foot of 32nd Street, East River, to Chrysler -- Barge in foreground

From foot of 32nd Street, East River, to Chrysler -- Barge in foreground

View from the foot of 32nd St. and the East River facing northwest. The piers, power plant and other...

From Chrysler Building looking South

From Chrysler Building looking South

View facing south from the Chrysler Building. Midtown Manhattan is visible in the foreground and the...

From Chrysler Building Daily News Building East River

From Chrysler Building Daily News Building East River

View facing east from the Chrysler Building. The Daily News Building at 42nd Street and 3rd Avenue is...

Financial District from Pier 11

Financial District from Pier 11


Looking Down 5th Avenue at 63rd Street

Looking Down 5th Avenue at 63rd Street


Lower Manhattan from Governors Island

Lower Manhattan from Governors Island


East Fifty-Ninth Street

East Fifty-Ninth Street


59th Street Buildings over Fountain in Central Park

59th Street Buildings over Fountain in Central Park


Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 New York World's Fair

View of the Trylon and Perisphere from the distance. Rows of flower gardens can be seen in the foreground....

[Central Park Lake to Central Park West]

[Central Park Lake to Central Park West]

View facing west over Central Park Lake to Central Park West. The San Remo Towers are visible.

The Old and the new from Battery Park

The Old and the new from Battery Park

View of the low buildings around Battery Park juxtaposed with the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan.

From Battery Park to West St. Buildings

From Battery Park to West St. Buildings

View from Battery Park showing the Whitehall Building and 21 West Street.

United Nations Building

United Nations Building


Looking Northwest from Terrace of St. Moritz Hotel

Looking Northwest from Terrace of St. Moritz Hotel


59th St. Hotels reflected in Park Lake I

59th St. Hotels reflected in Park Lake I

View of the hotels along Central Park South and their reflections in the pond in Central Park.

Looking north, probably from Empire State Building.

Looking north, probably from Empire State Building.

View looking north over the Manhattan skyline, probably from the Empire State Building. Central Park...

The Hudson River looking north from below the George Washington Bridge. Showing railroad tracks and the George Washington Bridge.

The Hudson River looking north from below the George Washington Bridge. Showing railroad tracks and the George Washington Bridge.

View of the Hudson River and a portion of the George Washington Bridge, looking north. Winding railroad...

[Photograph of the Museum of the City of New York]

[Photograph of the Museum of the City of New York]


RCA Building. Prometheus from a low view point.

RCA Building. Prometheus from a low view point.


Looking towards Empire State from 41st Story - Continental Building

Looking towards Empire State from 41st Story - Continental Building

View facing southeast from the 41st story of the Continental Building at Broadway and 41st Street. The...

From Empire State To Chrysler Building & Queensboro Bridge with shadow of Empire State

From Empire State To Chrysler Building & Queensboro Bridge with shadow of Empire State

View from the Empire State Building facing Northeast. The Chrysler Building, Queensboro Bridge, Roosevelt...

Plaza Buildings from Central Park

Plaza Buildings from Central Park

View of the Sherry Netherland Hotel, the Savoy-Plaza Hotel and the Plaza Hotel from Central Park.

View South through Loggia Arch of Barbizon Hotel

View South through Loggia Arch of Barbizon Hotel


From Roof of St. George Hotel

From Roof of St. George Hotel

View from the St. George Hotel in downtown Brooklyn facing northwest towards the East River, the Brooklyn...

[Washington Square]

[Washington Square]

View facing south from the beginning of 5th Avenue towards Washington Square. A street sweeper is visible...

[East side around Madison Square Park]

[East side around Madison Square Park]


[Park Avenue and the New York Central Building]

[Park Avenue and the New York Central Building]


[Central Park at night]

[Central Park at night]

View facing east from the south part of Central Park across the pond towards 5th Avenue. The Sherry...

Vista under Elevated R.R. at Coenties Slip.

Vista under Elevated R.R. at Coenties Slip.

View beneath the S-curve of the El at Coenties Slip. A number of skyscrapers can be seen in the distance...

[Times Square 1932.]

[Times Square 1932.]


South Street.

South Street.

View of South Street showing the Manhattan Bridge in the foreground, the Brooklyn Bridge (behind it)...

Northwest from the St. George Hotel, Brooklyn

Northwest from the St. George Hotel, Brooklyn


Times Square at Forty-Sixth Street

Times Square at Forty-Sixth Street


Lower New York from St. George Hotel, Brooklyn

Lower New York from St. George Hotel, Brooklyn


New York City, Times Square South from 46th Street. General view of "Whiteway" toward Times Building.

New York City, Times Square South from 46th Street. General view of "Whiteway" toward Times Building.

Toward Loew's State and Criterion Theaters. With neon lights.

Faris R. Russell [residence]. Terrace from bar casement window.

Faris R. Russell [residence]. Terrace from bar casement window.

Located at 1020 Park Avenue, NYC.

Empire State Building, to Chrysler Building & Queensboro Bridge, 2.

Empire State Building, to Chrysler Building & Queensboro Bridge, 2.


New York City views. Looking southeast from McGraw-Hill Building.

New York City views. Looking southeast from McGraw-Hill Building.

View of skyline looking southeast from McGraw-Hill Building, located at 330 West 42nd Street, showing...

McGraw-Hill Building. Up shot from 42nd Street.

McGraw-Hill Building. Up shot from 42nd Street.

Located at 330 West 42nd Street, NYC. View with street lamp up the expanse.

McGraw-Hill Building. Entrance detail.

McGraw-Hill Building. Entrance detail.

Located at 330 West 42nd Street, NYC.

McGraw-Hill Building. From east of Eighth Avenue on 42nd Street I.

McGraw-Hill Building. From east of Eighth Avenue on 42nd Street I.

Located at 330 West 42nd Street, NYC.

River House. Shoreline, boats [in] foreground.

River House. Shoreline, boats [in] foreground.

52nd Street and East River.

West Side Elevated Highway. Detail 2.

West Side Elevated Highway. Detail 2.


New York City views. 42nd Street from Tudor City.

New York City views. 42nd Street from Tudor City.


Rockefeller Center. RCA Building, detail of center mosaics, Sixth Avenue entrance.

Rockefeller Center. RCA Building, detail of center mosaics, Sixth Avenue entrance.


RCA Building. Telegraph office, counter with employees.

RCA Building. Telegraph office, counter with employees.


Rockefeller Center. City Garden Club and fountain from above.

Rockefeller Center. City Garden Club and fountain from above.


Rockefeller Center. RCA Building, Sixth Avenue entrance from inside pillars.

Rockefeller Center. RCA Building, Sixth Avenue entrance from inside pillars.


National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.

National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.


National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.

National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.


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