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'Hidden In Plain Sight' Photo Exhibit Explores Architecture Of White Plains

Face in sculpted wood, Broad Park Lodge (1927-28). Part of the photo exhibit at White Plains Library.
Face in sculpted wood, Broad Park Lodge (1927-28). Part of the photo exhibit at White Plains Library. Photo Credit: Provided/Barry Katzen
One of two eagle sculptures at the top of 182 East Post Road in 1941. The photo is on exhibit at White Plains Library.
One of two eagle sculptures at the top of 182 East Post Road in 1941. The photo is on exhibit at White Plains Library. Photo Credit: Provided/Barry Katzen
A street view this month of the eagle sculptures at 182 East Post Road, White Plains.
A street view this month of the eagle sculptures at 182 East Post Road, White Plains. Photo Credit: Provided/Barry Katzen
Photo of "Woman with Children" relief from 1938 on exhibit at White Plains Library. It was taken outside the Bendheim Pavilion, White Plains Hospital, 41 East Post Road.
Photo of "Woman with Children" relief from 1938 on exhibit at White Plains Library. It was taken outside the Bendheim Pavilion, White Plains Hospital, 41 East Post Road. Photo Credit: Provided/Barry Katzen
A street view this month of the "Woman with Children" relief at Bendheim Pavilion, White Plains Hospital, 41 East Post Road
A street view this month of the "Woman with Children" relief at Bendheim Pavilion, White Plains Hospital, 41 East Post Road Photo Credit: Provided/Barry Katzen

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- There's a new photography exhibit at the White Plains Public Library that gives a visual tour of the city's unique architecture.

"Hidden in Plain Sight: Details of White Plains Architecture,'' by longtime city resident Barry Katzen, is on display at the library until August 2. The exhibit consists of 40 photographs that celebrate architectural details on the older buildings in downtown White Plains -- the types of details most people don't see as they rush around town.

People who have seen the photos tell Katzen that they walk by the buildings every day, but never took the time to look closely. "Best of all, everything I've photographed for the exhibit is viewable from the sidewalk," Katzen told Daily Voice. " Anyone can walk around White Plains and see these details."

Katzen provided a couple of new photos taken this month from a sidewalk view to illustrate what he means.

White Plains has been visually eclipsed by its large office buildings and residential towers. "Our hectic daily life makes us rush through the cityscape without time to take in its details," his library exhibit explains. "Yet there are charms to behold for those who stop and look at these architectural embellishments."

The 40 photos on display represent the best of downtown White Plains and nearby. Everything in the exhibit may be viewed from the sidewalk in "plain sight."

The exhibit captures some interesting at history too. The reliefs dating back to the 1930s at White Plains Hospital's Bendheim Pavilion are by Rene Paul Chambellan, a famous architectural sculptor who co-designed the Atlas statue in Rockefeller Center and designed/sculpted some of the fountains in the Rockefeller Center promenade. Chambellan created architectural sculpture on many art deco buildings around the United States.

Katzen is an online marketing director for a global publisher. He has spent the last decade recording architectural details throughout the city. He is also a published photographer, with three books on Southwestern Indian jewelry.

White Plains Public Library is at 100 Martine Ave. Katzen's exhibit can be viewed Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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