Photo Club: Wes Anderson Day

Photo Club: Wes Anderson Day |


On an overcast March day, the second meeting of Photo Club celebrated the opening of Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Jim Kast-Keat, Krista Dalton, and I shot the house used in The Royal Tenenbaums and its neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, and attended opening night of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Chapter One:

The Tenenbaum House

Photo Club: Wes Anderson Day |

The house used as the Tenenbaum house is located on Convent Avenue in Upper Manhattan. The address is sometimes listed as number 339, but has 337 on the transom window. It is currently unoccupied and oh, how I wish I could own it. But without the soul-crushing amount of money required to buy real estate in Manhattan, I suppose I'll have to be happy skulking around outside. It's a really beautiful structure, as are many of the buildings in the area.

The overcast sky was a disappointment, but I find it interesting how the sky looks white in my photos. This is probably another aperture mistake on my part, but without any post-processing the buildings look cut out against a white sky. I kind of like the way it looks.

Chapter Two:

Hamilton Heights

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Convent Avenue is a small street in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood known as Hamilton Heights, named after Alexander Hamilton who lived the last two years of his life in the area. Other notable residents include Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Norman Rockwell, and George Gershwin. 

Hamilton Heights is also home to the City College of New York which, in my opinion, has some of the most interesting architecture in the city. It was largely designed by George Browne Post in neo-Gothic style. Below are just a few of the grotesques which adorn the original buildings; six hundred in all, they represent the practical and the fine arts.

Chapter Three:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The finale of our outing was The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's newest film. This post is long enough and I'm not much of a film critic, but I will say that I enjoyed the story and aesthetics of the movie. It's not my favorite Wes Anderson movie, but I always appreciate the dialogue and elaborateness of his films. 


We ended up a few other places that day, but I will share those photos another time. I don't know Photo Club's next event, but I love participating and sharing with all of you. Until then...




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