My colleague and friend Barry Salmon informed me today that 79 5th Avenue, the new home of the School of Media Studies, was once the home of Edison Records’ “New York Recording Department.” Through 1929 the company’s studios were located on the 18th floor — the roof — just two floors above where SMS is now.
And according to Anna Outridge, a contributor to Julia Foulkes’ and Mark Larrimore’s New School History site, 65 5th Ave, the site of our new University Center, was, in the 1880s, a four-story brownstone housing the Edison Company’s new headquarters. It was apparently the first building to be lit exclusively by electricity.
What’s more, 2 W 13th Street, SMS’s former home, used to house printing facilities. So TNS’s architectural history is very much entwined with technology and media history — and those intersections might make for a great final project!