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Peter Mauss

The outcry about the Museum of Modern Art’s plan to demolish the Williams/Tsien American Folk Art Museum continues.

Of note, recently, are articles in the NY Times by Michael Kimmelman and in The New Yorker by Thomas De Monchaux.

Peter Mauss’ photographs of the building can be seen at EstoStock.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced that it will raze the American Folk Art Museum building on West 53 Street in New York. Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, completed in 2001, the building interferes with MoMA expansion plans. The headline in The New York Times reads, “Overshadowed, and Now Doomed”.

In the weeks since the initial announcement, there has been a flurry of outcry about the decision. Of special note, and few minced words are the following articles:

Martin Filler’s article in the New York Review of Books;

an open letter from the  Architectural League;

and Ned Cramer’s editorial in Architect Magazine.

To honor the building there is a new Esto Gallery, also at Architect Magazine.




In response to the news that MoMA will demolish Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architect’s American Folk Art Museum, Architect Magazine has created a new Esto Gallery.  The gallery has images by Peter Mauss, showing both the interior and exterior of the imperiled jewel of a building.

The Esto Gallery can be seen at

In addition to the piece written in conjunction with the gallery, there is more about the building and the decision to raze it in an article at the NY Times and in a scathing article in the New York Review of Books.  Additionally there is a letter from the architects, on their website,  concerning the decision.


“From whimsical doorways on houses to large-scale entries in monumental structures; from kinetic drawbridges to stationary portals” the newest Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine shares a varied collection of photographs of doors and entries from the Esto collection.

The photographs range from early images by Ezra Stoller, to newer projects by the current Esto photographers Albert Vecerka, David Sundberg, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss and Francis Dzikowski.

In the introduction, Deane Madsen writes that

Paul Goldberger said in his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize that he will never review a building he hasn’t personally visited and explored, calling architecture “the way most people connect to the built environment.” If that’s the case, then doorways are both the literal and metaphorical portals through which people travel to experience those connections, and serve as visitors’ first taste of the space within.

Visit Architect Magazine to see the new Esto Gallery.

Peter Mauss took this image while on a job, close to home.  Where is he?

Peter took this image of the Public Theater, from under the canopy.

He was photographing the signage, designed by Paula Scher of Pentagram.  The renovations of the theater were done by Ennead.

There is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine that looks at train stations – domestic and international, new and old.

These images are all available through the Esto archive and are from both assignment and contributing photographers.

The full Train Station article and accompanying slideshow is at Architect Magazine.

All of the past Esto Galleries  are also at Architect Magazine.

In concert with the Esto Editions show at the Boston Society of Architects, there is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine.

Esto Editions features the works of photographers Francis Dzikowski, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss, David Sundberg, and Albert Vecerka as part of Esto’s first release of limited-edition, fine-art-quality digital prints of select works from its extensive collection, printed on 16×20 Hahnemuhle paper.

There is more about the current BSA exhibition in this earlier post.

To learn more about Esto Editions visit the Esto Editions website.


There is an upcoming exhibit of Esto photographers’ work at the Boston Society of Architects.  The show opens on October 2 and runs through December 14. The exhibit has a selection of strong, engaging images by Francis Dzikowski, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss, David Sundberg and Albert Vecerka.

The exhibit marks the inaugural release of the first volume of Esto Editions, a select number of photographs now available as limited-edition, fine-art prints.  The series is a set of signed, digital prints on 16×20 Hahnemuhle paper.

Architectural photographers aim to combine a designer’s specific message with a legible narrative of space, place,  construction and use.  Some images move beyond this utilitarian approach to become works of art in their own right.  Esto often deals with descriptive material. With Esto Editions we now highlight the role that an image’s strength and beauty play in its functionality.

Visit the Boston Society of Architects for more information on the exhibit.

For more information about Esto Editions, including purchasing work, contact



There is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine called Geometry in Architecture.  This Gallery shows a selection of buildings and sculptures that celebrate the pure geometric forms of cubes, spheres and pyramids.   Often the simplest forms yield the most impressive results.  The projects range from Noguchi to Calatrava, with photographs by Peter Mauss, Francis Dzikowski, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, David Sundberg, Ezra Stoller and others.

See the slideshow and read more at Architect Magazine.

The ASLA recently released their Annual Awards.  Peter Mauss photographed the Village of Yorkville Park that won the Landmark Award. The Park has become a local landmark; while small in size, it has played an important role in the revitalization of the neighborhood since its completion in 1994.

The park was designed by Ken Smith Landscape Architect,  with Schwartz Smith Meyer Landscape Architects as the Landscape Architect of Record.

More images of the Village of Yorkville Park are at EstoStock, and you can see Peter’s online portfolio at EstoPortfolios.