Lost Landmarks

Each day we walk through a city with an amazingly rich history, full of iconic landmarks. Sadly, many of these places can't be seen anymore because they no longer exist, lost perhaps to fire or demolition in the name of progress.

The classic binocular viewer has been reimagined and updated with digital technologies to provide a window into the past, allowing you to view and explore historic images in the same location they were captured years ago. At sites throughout Manhattan, peer through a familiar Tower Optical Co. viewer but see something completely unexpected – your surroundings are transformed into those of 100 years past!

Lost Landmarks Project Give Pedestrians On-Location View onto NYC History - Untapped Cities
Lost Landmarks Project Returns to Show the History of Grand Central Terminal - Untapped Cities
Lost Landmarks Project Visualizes New York's Past On-Site - Curbed NY
Lost Landmarks – found, for a moment… - Anthony Robins


Set up outside Grand Central Terminal

Looking through at the former 9th Regiment Armory on W 14th St & 6th Ave

A close-up of the former 9th Regiment Armory on W 14th St & 6th Ave

Getting set up on-site

Inside the binocular viewer head enclosure

Modeling the 3D-printed bracket to hold the iPad inside the enclosure