Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Daryl Roth Theater @ Union Square

This is a photo of the Daryl Roth Theater, formerly known as the Union Square Savings Bank, located on the corner of 15th Street and Park Avenue South. The building, completed in 1907, was landmarked for preservation in 1996 after it was converted into theater. Currently, the 24,000 square feet (2,230 square meters) space boasts two theaters and a cabaret lounge.

The architect who designed this building, Henry Bacon (1866-1924) also designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. He did not live long to enjoy the fame because he died a year after the Lincoln Memorial was completed.

The palm tree decorations and colored lights in front of the Daryl Roth Theater were temporary installations for a tourism event promoting the Greater Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Florida (especially Miami) is a popular winter vacation spot for New Yorkers who want to escape the cold weather.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Are you a beach-and-sun person or a city-and-museum person?