View of Washington Square Arch with Building Under Construction in Background, c. 1926
Photograph, 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.
John Sloan Manuscript Collection, Delaware Art Museum.
View of Washington Square Arch and One Fifth Avenue, 2006
John Sloan recorded the construction of One Fifth Avenue, a 28-story luxury apartment building that heralded the gentrification of Greenwich Village and the transformation of lower Fifth Avenue. Completed in 1927, the Art Deco building inspired both admiration and ire for the way it towered over the low buildings on the square. One Fifth Avenue is an isolated spire in Sloan's pictures, but today the area north of Washington Square is dominated by large apartment buildings.