Some Excellent Photos of Vesuvio’s Old Ovens


The old Vesuvio Bakery was recently resurrected as the newest outpost of Maury Rubin’s Birdbath Bakery, relieving preservationists and carbophiles who’d feared it would mutate into a Chase bank or accessories store. And although Rubin revamped the space to reflect his eco-progressive philosophy, it looks like he also maintains some reverence for the past.

Over on Lost City, Brooks of Sheffield posts some photos Rubin sent him of Vesuvio’s ancient coal-fired ovens, which were carved out of the subterranean soil beneath the bakery many, many years ago. A study in functional antiquity, they’re lovely to behold, and inspire wistful fantasies of a true underground bakery warming the pavement of Prince Street.


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