Monday, May 4, 2009

A deluxe apartment in the sky...

This very distinctive birdhouse...or, I should say...bird apartment stands at the eastern edge of Washington Park near the intersection of Hudson Avenue and Willett Street. Rising some thirty feet in the air, the carved wooden structure features whimsical miniatures facades which range from simple Greek temple columns to gingerbread-like Swiss chalets.

The birdhouse was built in 1974, removed in 2001 due to detorioration, and restored in 2005.

It was the work of William Schade. Schade, who taught art at Sage College, passed away in 2008 (click here for his obituary) and a bed of tulips was planted in his memory around the base of the Washington Park bird "condominum."