By Carter B. Horsley
This 19-story apartment building was erected
in 1958 by Bernard Spitzer. It was his first major project in
Manhattan and he would go on to build 800 Fifth Avenue (see The City Review article), 200 Central Park
South (see The City Review article)
and the Corinthian on the full block between Second and First
Avenues and 38th and 39th Streets.
The buff-colored brick facade originally had
a white marble one-story base that was replaced in the early 2000s
by a two-story, rusticated limestone base. In 2008, it replaced
its canopy with one with windscreens with clear panels.
The building has numerous terraces and one
of the most attractive lobbies on Fifth Avenue.
In his excellent article on the building in
the June 12, 1994 edition of The New York Times, Christopher
Gray said that many of the components of the lobby came from the
building that previously stood on the site, a 1916 mansion owned
by Morton Plant after the financier "deserted his earlier
house at 52nd and Fifth Avenue, now occupied by Cartier"
(see The City Review article.)
Mr. Spitzer's building has about 95 apartments
and was designed by Wechsler & Schimenti with separate dining
rooms, picture windows, a garage, and air-conditioning.
The building is part of the Carnegie Hill Historic
District. It is across 86th Street from the Neue Gallerie and
there is a west-bound bus station at the corner.