By Carter B. Horsley
This elegant apartment building at 1125 Fifth Avenue
on the southeast corner
of 94th Street
was erected in 1925 by Samuel Minskoff of the Sammis Holding
Corporation. It was designed in Neo-Renaissance style
by Emery Roth,
whose other residential buildings on the avenue include 875, 993 and
Mr. Minskoff originally was a plumber
from Russia, and his
sons, Henry, Jerome and Myron, headed Sam Minskoff & Sons whose
residential buildings included the Brevoort on Lower Fifth Avenue, 710
Avenue and 1 East 66th Street and such office buildings are 1 Astor
Times Square, and the MGM building in West 55th Street.
This elegant story apartment house has
only one apartment
per floor and is one of the most attractive in the very desirable and
Carnegie Hill neighborhood.
The building has a three-story,
rusticated limestone base
with lush landscaing and the top floor is also faced with limestone.
The central fourth-story window on the
facade is distinguished by
an elaborately carved stone surround and a projecting, stone
The main entrance, on Fifth Avenue,
is set in an embellished
stone surround of pilasters supporting a broken pediment framing a
Above the molded cornice of the base
rise large, stone
pilasters which are applied to the corners of the brick facade.
Stringcourses span the facades above
the eleventh and
bays are flanked by decorative panels, above which rises the balustered
cornice. The penthouse is topped by a cornice with bold cartouches.
Some of the original six-over-six
double-hung wood sash
The building has a very attractive
The building's handsome watertank
enclosure has Italian
Renaissance-style window surrounds and arched designs in brick on its
The building has a doorman, a very
handsome lobby, a gym,
storage and fireplaces, but no garage.
The four-bedroom penthouse was
acquired by Bette Midler, the
singer. It has wood-burning fireplaces
in the 27-foot-long living room and the 23-foot-long master bedroom.