Mori's Restaurant

Berenice Abbott11/21/1935

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

As Berenice Abbott made this picture of a once-famous Greenwich Village eatery, a lone man taking an early morning walk or perhaps going to work paused in front of the four-story structure. While the restaurant's grand facade remains imposing, the stained pillars and bricks and crumpled awning inform pedestrians and potential customers that the establishment is not as impressive as it had originally been.

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  • Title: Mori's Restaurant
  • Creator: Berenice Abbott
  • Date: 11/21/1935
  • Physical Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.4 cm (9 11/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XM.222.6
  • Markings: (Verso) wet stamp in black ink, at upper center: 'FEDERAL ART PROJECT / "Changing New York" / PHOTOGRAPHS BY BERENICE ABBOTT" [all within rectangular border]
  • Inscription: (Recto) inscribed in negative in white, at upper right corner: "46" [reversed] (Verso) wet stamp in black ink, inscribed in pencil on lines after categories, at lower center: "Title: Mori's Restaurant / Place: 144 Bleeker Street, Manhattan / Neg. #: 46 / Code: I.A.2 / Date: November 21, 1935" [all within rectangular border]; in pencil, at upper right corner: "8646"; in pencil, at lower left corner: "83"; in pencil, at lower right corner: "ST522"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs