Very few apartment houses
in New York have enclosed driveways, but the short strip of Sutton
Place has two: 1 Sutton Place South and this building.
1 Sutton Place South has
its driveway conventionally located at the center of its main,
This building, which does
not have an entire blockfront as does 1 Sutton Place South, has
its driveway at the 57th Street corner. It is surprising that
more buildings have not imitated this design as it makes for a
quite grand entrance as it leads into a long lobby. The marble-lined
driveway runs around a handsome square column and has a curved
walkway as well as a balustraded fence and large urns.
Although 1 Sutton Place
South is a more glamorous address because of its larger units,
direct views of the East River from many apartments and its see-though
lobby garden, 2 Sutton Place South definitely has its own appeal
as it is several stories taller and has a magnificent roof garden
that all residents can use.
The reddish-brown brick
building was designed by Emery Roth and was completed in 1938
and converted to a cooperative in 1962. The 21-story building,
which has an unusual salmon-colored stone base, has 131 apartments.
It has a doorman but no balconies and no garage.