Wrought iron entry arch, Bona Vista Court, Washington Heights, NYC
Built in 1905, the Bona Vista Court apartment building at 945 St. Nicholas Avenue has always intrigued me. The unusual wrought iron arch over its entryway embeds the building's name on its underside, and the peak of its curve appears to have once contained a lantern. On September 16, 1920, a time bomb detonated outside the offices of J.P. Morgan at 23 Wall Street, killing 38 people. The perpetrators, believed to have been Italian anarchists, were never found out. But one man living in this building was listed among the numerous injured employees of the Equitable Trust Company; George Williams, who suffered cuts, became the personal link from a giant bit of history exploding ten miles away to this little Washington Heights apartment building.