Aymar Embury II Gallery of NYC New Deal Projects - Photo #149 - Individual buildings designed by Embury

Photo: Google Street View 2011
Downing Street Playground at 32 Carmine Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, designed by Aymur Embury II in 1934[1]. The sign over the door says Downing Street Playground.
  1. Greenwich Village Historic District Extension II Designation Report, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, 22 June 2010, pp.124-125: "The Downing Street Playground is located on an L-shaped lot that the City of New York began amassing in 1857 when it purchased the Friends Meeting House on Downing Street for a public school. Eleven years later the City purchased the adjoining property to the west and the following year built a new, three-story school, Primary School 13, on the combined sites. The lot adjoining the school to the northwest was acquired by condemnation in 1896 for use as the school playground. The City demolished the school in 1921 and in 1924 turned the property over to the Parks Department. In 1934, under Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, Aymar Embury II designed the neo-Colonial recreation building with vaulted passage at 32 Carmine Street as a gateway to the brick walled playground."