This block boasts several
of the greatest private mansions ever built in the city, now occupied
by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, the
Sacred Heart School and the Russian Consulate. In addition, it
has the prestigious Spence School, a pizza parlor and a hamburger
This very attractive, 16-story,
gray-brick, building was erected in 1948. It is a cooperative
with 43 apartments. It was designed by Leonard Schultze &
Associates, which also designed 47 East 87th Street.
It is distinguished by a
cantilevered pier of bay windows on Madison Avenue and a very
handsome glass grill at its northern end on the avenue. The building
has a green canopy with chrome entrance doors, some terraces,
a doorman, sidewalk landscaping, and a two-story limestone entrance
surround. It has no garage, and no health club.
Its apartments facing the
avenue overlook the controversial site of a proposed high-rise
luxury apartment building on the northeast corner that for several
decades was occupied by a one-story Citibank building of uninspired
design (see The City Review article).
Community activists twice in 2000 successfully defeated proposals
before the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission for first
a 17-story and then an 11-story building on the site.
The controversy reflected
the vigorous community spirit in this Carnegie Hill neighborhood,
which has many private schools and important cultural institutions.
There is good cross-town
bus service on 86th and 96th Streets.