Art and radicalism are two words that have always been associated with The Decker Building

. Located in 33 Union Square West, Manhattan, New York City, it was also known for a brief period of time as the Union Building. Originally designed by Leopold Eidlitz and erected in 1869, the building was later rehashed and redesigned by radical anarchist architect John H. Edelman for the Decker Brothers piano. One of the more famous residents of the building was pop art movement pioneer, Andy Warhol, who had his studio, commonly known as The Factory on the sixth floor. He lived and worked there from 1968 till 1973, through which he survived a shocking attempt at murder. The Decker Building has since been refurbished into an apartment building by Joseph Pell Lombardi. The charismatic eleven story building is built with a steel frame, coupled with an ambitious design akin to Moorish Revival. Edelman has quite intricately amalgamated a melange of Venetian and Islamic designs. The latter was heavily evident as there existed a minaret on the roof of the structure, which was taken down before World War II. The exterior of the building is richly detailed with terra cotta designs to complete an unlikely mix of architectural splendour. The bulk of the history involved with The Decker Building is largely intertwined with Andy Warhol, who moved into the loft in early 1968, after his previous Factory at East 47th street was being torn down. However, on June 3rd, 1968 radical feminst Valerie Salonas visited his factory, fuelled by the thought that Warhol had been taking control of her work. She waited there until he returned and shot him thrice, as well as art critic Mario Amaya. The two managed to survive the episode, and so did The Decker Building, all of which moving on to become a testament to art.

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