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The 1920s witnessed one of the larger construction booms of the twentieth century. The Chrysler Building, New York City’s art deco skyscraper, was famously erected at the end of this decade. In Greenwich Village, growth in residential housing was changing the appearance of the neighborhood. Beginning around 1915, many nineteenth-century single-family homes were being converted into apartments. By mid-1920s, with fewer homes to convert, the focus shifted to the construction of new apartment buildings and then later, the conversion of tenements to more livable apartments. Though Franklin Abbott did work at a firm in New York, both of the architects who signed Frank Shay’s door were most active in other cities earlier in the century—Abbott in Pittsburgh, where he headed an architectural firm with Benno Janssen, and M. Hawley McLanahan in the Philadelphia area, where he and William Price established the Rose Valley Association, an Arts and Crafts style community.
"The Lost Greenwich Village" in Bruno's Review of Two Worlds, 1921
Many Villagers in the early 1920s would have had an ambivalent view of contemporary architecture, since many of their neighborhood's beloved old buildings were being torn down and replaced by modern apartment buildings. This article and the accompanying nostalgic images of the Village's old buildings communicate the difficulties of this change.