One of the few post-World
War II apartment buildings to even think of gargoyles, this building
is a pleasant surprise.
The huge, winged-dragon-like
creatures that balance themselves on globes above its large curved,
glass canopy sidestreet entrance are no bats out of hell, but
delightful Post-Modern homages to the great building traditions
of the area's past. Their highly visible perch makes boulevardiers
along Broadway do double-takes. Humor is extremely difficult in
architecture, but Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron, the
architects of the Coronado, have managed to bring it off quite
well here even if the sculptures will win no stonemason awards
from Medieval guilds. The canopy is so attractive that it can
"carry" almost anything. New Yorkers have grown so inured
to pedestrian, lackluster architecture that they wholeheartedly
welcome good gestures. The typical, non-slum apartment building
of the prior couple of decades to this project were "eye-level"
exercises where a nice street-level entrance was supposed to make
up for a banal building.
Here, the building can stand
on its own.
This handsome, 21-story,
red-brick, condominium building was developed by Sherwood Equities
and opened in 1990. It sets back its top five floors to keep in
context with the Almanac Hotel Building across the street and
its façade is nicely modulated with bay windows and a curved
corner at Broadway.
Residents of the 124 apartments
have access to a health club and pool as well as a children's
playroom and a billiard room! They also have storage rooms and
a bicycle room.