Looming, mysterious and beautiful, the ventilation towers of New York’s Holland Tunnel have fascinated me since childhood, when my family would drive past them on summer days on our way to Coney Island.

My appreciation of them has only intensified over the past few years as I regularly row past them as a member of the Village Community Boathouse.

There are a total of four towers, two on each side of the Hudson River.

While Clifford Milburn Holland, the Chief Engineer on the 1920 project didn’t live to see it to completion, it was named for him, and I offer these images in his honor.