All the Queens Houses

Eclectic Row. Briarwood, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Click for slideshow | Eclectic Row. Briarwood, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Triple-Peak Row with Terraced Garages. Maspeth, NY. 2014 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Triple-Peak Row with Terraced Garages. Maspeth, NY. 2014 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Wedding Cake Condo. Astoria, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Wedding Cake Condo. Astoria, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

East Elmhurst Gropius. East Elmhurst, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

East Elmhurst Gropius. East Elmhurst, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

“Mon Oncle” Visits Queens. Briarwood, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

“Mon Oncle” Visits Queens. Briarwood, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Palladian Fantasy Condo on Parking Plinth. Flushing, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Palladian Fantasy Condo on Parking Plinth. Flushing, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Technicolor Tudorized Row. Jamaica, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Technicolor Tudorized Row. Jamaica, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Splayed Brick-and-Stone Rusticated Entry Porch. Maspeth, NY. 2015 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Splayed Brick-and-Stone Rusticated Entry Porch. Maspeth, NY. 2015 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

The Caged Balconies of Van Cleef Street. Corona, NY. 2013 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

The Caged Balconies of Van Cleef Street. Corona, NY. 2013 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Graves by the Bay. Bay Terrace, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Graves by the Bay. Bay Terrace, NY. 2017 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Pink Syncopation. Maspeth, NY. 2014 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Pink Syncopation. Maspeth, NY. 2014 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Minimal Traditional Condo with Color Blocking. Whitestone, NY. 2016 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Minimal Traditional Condo with Color Blocking. Whitestone, NY. 2016 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Mint Green Separated Twins. Woodside, NY. 2016 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Mint Green Separated Twins. Woodside, NY. 2016 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Inverted Green Bay Row. Astoria, NY. 2015 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Inverted Green Bay Row. Astoria, NY. 2015 | Photograph by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

All the Queens Houses

Photographs by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

On view
Friday afternoons from October 20 to December 15 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission free. No reservations required. (Closed November 24)

The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607

The Architectural League of New York presents All the Queens Houses, an exhibition of 273 photographs of residences in Queens, NY, by architect/artist Rafael Herrin-Ferri.

All the Queens Houses is an ongoing photographic survey by Herrin-Ferri looking at the themes of identity, differentiation, and adaptation in the low-rise housing stock of Queens. It is an investigation into the (in)formal qualities of the borough’s attached, semi-detached, and detached houses and small apartment buildings, exploring how they reflect the incredible diversity of the borough’s population, often regarded as the most ethnically and linguistically diverse place in the world.

Herrin-Ferri began the project in 2012 and has documented one third of the borough to date in over 5,000 photographs. The League’s exhibition comprises 273 photographs of just as many individual houses located in 34 neighborhoods across the borough. Herrin-Ferri’s forensic documentation has focused on façades and side elevations as well as distinctive building features. The exhibition includes 259 “house portraits” (5.25” x 7”) and 14 blow-up details (11.5” x 15”). Together, they represent the most eclectic examples each neighborhood has to offer. Herrin-Ferri installed the photographs by neighborhood in alphabetical order, starting with Astoria. The often humorous titles are a linguistic mix that reflects the difficulty of categorizing these hybrid structures by style: part academic, part broker listing, part New York magazine caption.

Read an interview with Herrin-Ferri in Urban Omnibus.

The exhibition is co-curated by Herrin-Ferri and Emily Schmidt, Manager of Housing Initiatives at the League. The League will host a talk and reception with Herrin-Ferri and urban historian Joseph Heathcott on November 9, 2017.

 


About Rafael Herrin-Ferri
Rafael Herrin-Ferri is a Spanish-born architect/artist raised in Ithaca, NY. He received a B.Arch from Cornell University in 1996 and has lived and worked in San Francisco and Barcelona before settling in New York City in 2003. He is currently a Senior Architect at Studio Joseph and lives with his wife and daughter in Sunnyside, Queens. Learn more: www.allthequeenshouses.com