By Carter B. Horsley
This very attractive apartment house is in
a prime Carnegie Hill location across the avenue from the very
handsome Brick Presbyterian Church and just up from the large
Louise Nevelson sculpture in the middle of the avenue near the
crest of Carnegie Hill.
Erected in 1915, this 13-story building was
converted to a cooperative in 1979 and has 61 apartments.
The building was designed for Bing & Bing
by Robert T. Lyons, who also designed 955 and 993 Park Avenue.
In his fine book, "Park Avenue, Street
of Dreams," (Atheneum, 1990), James Trager notes that Bing
& Bing had acquired two three-story buildings at 109 and 111
East 91st Street as "light-protectors" for its new building
and eventually those buildings were resold with restrictions and
razed and replaced by a thirty-foot-wide house designed by S.
Edson Gage for I. Townsend Burden.
This building has very attractive apartments
with large rooms and an inner courtyard measuring 34 by 32 feet,
according to Trager.
The building has a doorman, a two-story rusticated
limestone base, a canopied entrance and brick quoins. It has no
garage, no health club and no balconies. Cross-town buses and
a subway station are at 96th Street.
The neighborhood here is one of the most desirable
in the city with many fine schools and cultural institutions.