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Aymar Embury II Gallery of NYC New Deal Projects

Frank da Cruz
Bronx NY
10 November 2019
Sites: 65; images 169
Most recent update: 2022-Sep-07 08:25:34
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Aymar Embury II
Aymar Embury II Photo:  Wikimedia Commons.
Aymar Embury II was the Supervising or Consulting or Chief Architect at the NYC Parks Department throughout the New Deal, 1934-43. He was paid out of New Deal funds, so every project he worked on during that period in his Parks Department capacity is a New Deal project if only for that reason, even though most of them also had their materials and/or labor funded in whole or in part by New Deal agencies. It is written in countless places that Embury was responsible for over 600 NYC New Deal projects, but I have never been able to locate a list of them. So in November 2019 I tried to put one together myself. The initial result is HERE; it has about 230 entries ranging from humble comfort stations to massive undertakings like the Triborough Bridge and Lincoln Tunnel. I don't have first-hand knowledge of Embury's exact role in each project — sole architect, supervising architect, one of a group of architects — my only criterion for crediting a project to him is that he is named as the (or an) architect in an official document, or at least a credible one. What follows is a gallery of just a few of the hundreds of sites Embury worked on during the New Deal; these include new creations designed from scratch as well as renovations of existing ones.

Bridges, Highways, Tunnels Orchard Beach Jacob Riis Park Astoria Pool  Crotona Pool Colonial Pool Highbridge Pool McCarren Pool Betsy Head Pool Sunset Pool Other Pools Central Park Zoo Staten Island Zoo Prospect Park Zoo Bryant Park Williamsbridge Oval Sara Roosevelt Park Municipal Stadium Clason Point Gardens Buildings Statuary

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Bridges, highways, and tunnels

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Orchard Beach - Bronx

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Jacob Riis Park - Queens

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Astoria Pool and Bathhouse - Queens

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Crotona Pool and Play Center - Bronx

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Colonial Pool and Play Center - Manhattan

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Highbridge Pool and Play Center - Manhattan

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McCarren Pool and Play Center - Brooklyn

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Betsy Head Pool and Bathhouse - Brooklyn

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Sunset Pool and Bath House - Brooklyn

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Other Pools and Play Centers

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Central Park Zoo and Arsenal - Manhattan

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Staten Island Zoo - Richmond

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Prospect Park Zoo and Bandshell - Brooklyn

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Bryant Park - Manhattan

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Williamsbridge Oval Park - Bronx

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Sara Delano Roosevelt Park - Manhattan

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Randall's Island Municipal Stadium

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Clason Point Gardens - Bronx

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Individual buildings designed by Embury

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Building renovations with Embury as architect

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Statuary: pedestals, plinths, and settings

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