Rendering of 20 Park Avenue
Carter B. Horsley
rental apartment building was designed by Emery
Roth and built in 1939.
was the first apartment building to be erected in Murray
Hill after the 1929 Crash and, according to "Mansions in the Clouds, The Skyscraper
Palazzi of Emery Roth," by
Steven Ruttenbaum, Balsam Press, Inc., 1986, the buff-brick structure
simplified version of those classically inspired buildings Roth
designed at the
peak of the twenties boom."
austerity of the thirties, though, is plainly
evident in this high-class building, for
it exhibits no terra-cotta pediments or cartouches.
It does, however, have crenellated brickwork
and a romantic, stepped-back profile reminiscent of Roth's earlier
above its relatively unadorned
surfaces is a square water tower capped by a pyramidal red tile roof. Evidently, both the
architect and the
builders felt that a
"The typical floors of Twenty Park Avenue," he noted, "originally contained units of one to three rooms. In the upper, setback floors, there were also several four-room apartments with terraces, a five-room unit and a penthouse suite To enhance the marketability of the small one-room units, Roth included dressing rooms and foyers large enough for dining purposes; and to make the two-room A-line apartments more attractive, he equipped each with a circular dining foyer."
building, which is also known as
Its facade is distinguished by crenellation bandcourses above the first floor and at three levels near the top. It also has long balconies in the middle of the south and east facades at the 16th floor. In addition, there is a rounded element at the base of the watertower on the south side that is very handsome and the fifth floor has thin bandcourses below and above it to interrupt the mass of the lower part of the building.
Many of the building's 98 apartments were renovated in 2009 and 2010.
building is close to the Morgan Library on Madison
building was acquired in 2005 by Stonehenge Partners
Inc., which is headed by Ofer Yardeni and Joel Seiden, who at the same