By Carter B. Horsley
Marketing for the residential
condominium conversion of the 13-story apartment building at 905
West End Avenue on the northwest corner at 104th Street began
It was one of three similar
buildings designed by Gaetano Ajello for the Paterno Brothers
in this attractive stretch of the Upper West Side. The other two
at 885 and 895 West End Avenue.
Ajello's other buildings in
Manhattan include 473, 505, 514, 575, 645 and 884 West End Avenue,
and 160 and 373 Riverside Drive ad the Alameda and Avonova apartments
on the Upper West Side.
This building was completed
in 1917 and contained 53 apartments.
The building has a large lobby
with a staircase and a full-time doorman. The building also has
a roof deck and sidewalk landscaping and a bicycle room.
Some of the apartments have
four bedrooms, a formal dining room and foyers that measure 13
feet 6 inches by 14 feet 3 inches. Such a unit was initially priced
at about $3,750,000 with 90 percent financing for seven years
with a 4.875 percent interest rate.
The building was sold in 2006
for $45.5 million by the Nagel Family to Samson Management Corporation
of which David Kershner is a principal.
The building has 14 different
apartment plans, SubZero refrigerators, granite countertops and
The building is close to Straus
Park at the intersection of West End Avenue and Broadway and the
superb Garden of Eden gourmet food store at 107th Street and Broadway.
In a June 24, 2007 article
in The New York Times, Christopher Gray wrote that "West
End Avenue as it labors northward toward 96th Street presents
a sort of humdrum tone - not nearly so distinguished as the blocks
below 86th Street, with their bursts of Dutch- and Flemish-style
architecture." He added, however, that "the stretch
from 96th to 105th Streets is a perfect little laboratory of the
design, decay and renewal of the apartment house of the 1910s."
This building, the article
continued, "has a desolate, blighted look, especially over
the entrance, where leaks from high up have come out through the
brick, leaving behind great whitish salt stains called efflorescence.
The cornice has been ripped off, the brick patching at the edges
is a sad mismatch, and a crude line of electrical conduit runs
from the original grand lamp bases to smaller fixtures set about
six feet too low."