200 Madison (the Putnam/Berkley building)
This is a big, odd building- alternately very austere and very fancifully decorated. From the front you will be able to see the giant ram heads and cornucopia baskets, and if you go diagonally across the street (I found the front of the Morgan Library on 36th to be as good a vantage point as any) you will notice three enormous human male heads above the upper center windows. Now look way up. There are some fancy crests, medallioned profile heads that look like Roman coins, and creatures of some variety that I just wasn't quite able to identify with my naked eyes. Perhaps some intrepid monster hunter out there, better equipped with binoculars or a good zoom lens, will let me know!
This building somehow managed to completely escape my notice the first time I came down Madison Avenue in search of monsters. When I came back to photograph the area, lo and behold, I noticed that this corner building directly across Madison from Morgan's Hotel was actually chock full of figures!
237 Madison (Morgan's Hotel)
This little hotel is right across the street from the Morgan Library bookstore on E. 37th Street. Note the carved pillars and that wonderful bearded man.
This building is home to a couple of very Parisian looking peacocks, and lots of intricate geometric carvings around the entranceway.
285 Madison (The Young & Rubicam building)
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