Inside the Farley: Photographs by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | Sculptural fragments removed from the building’s roofline, stored beneath the grand exterior staircase | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Click for more images | Farley Post Office | Sculptural fragments removed from the building’s roofline, stored beneath the grand exterior staircase | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | Enfilade of offices | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | Enfilade of offices | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | The postmaster’s suite on the third floor, with the original oil portraits stacked against the walls before removal | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | The postmaster’s suite on the third floor, with the original oil portraits stacked against the walls before removal | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | Dust along an office wall traces the shapes of filing cabinets | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | Dust along an office wall traces the shapes of filing cabinets | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | A shuttered service window along the periphery of the oldest sorting room | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | A shuttered service window along the periphery of the oldest sorting room | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | Light filters through a small office overlooking the room used for equipment repair | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Farley Post Office | Light filters through a small office overlooking the room used for equipment repair | Photograph by Margaret Morton

Inside the Farley
Photographs by Margaret Morton

On view
Friday afternoons from March 17 to May 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission free. No reservations required.

The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607

Since 2012, photographer Margaret Morton has roamed the vacated, monumental spaces of the Farley, capturing a fleeting window between its two lifetimes. The building, designed by McKim, Mead and White, completed in 1914, and expanded in 1934, has been under demolition since 2010, soon to re-emerge as the new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Station. Morton’s photographs of the interior — from vast mail sorting rooms to scores of dilapidated offices — reveal a hidden world on the brink of transformation.

Margaret Morton has photographed a range of spaces from alternative built environments created in public parks, and abandoned buildings by Manhattan’s homeless individuals, to the abandoned coal mines of eastern Ukraine and the otherworldly cemeteries found throughout the mountain regions of Central Asia. Her books include The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City; Fragile Dwelling; Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives [co-authored with Diana Balmori]; Glass House and Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan. Her next book will be on the Farley. She is a professor in the School of Art at The Cooper Union and lives in New York City.

Join us for a reception with the photographer on April 17, 2017. Learn more

Read “Excavating the Farley” an interview with the photographer recently published in Urban Omnibus.