By Carter B. Horsley
The next best thing to living in the city's
finest apartment building is having it as your neighbor across
the street. The River House (see The City
Review article) with its gated driveway is directly across
from this very handsome apartment building on this quiet, dignified,
dead-end street that overlooks the East River.
This distinguished, 11-story building does
not overlook the river as there is one more narrow building on
its side of the street to the east, but it is the most interesting
looking building on the block with a rather spectacular arched
roofline topped with pelican finials. (The River House, of course,
is much larger, grander and more impressive.) This building is
similar in its massing and palette to the several other very attractive,
mid-block apartment buildings on the same side of the street,
but they were developed separately and sport an Art Deco-style
architectural treatment whereas this building is more eclectic
in its asymmetrical and quite vigorous architecture accented by
several decorative piers.
The red-brick building was erected in 1929.
It is a cooperative and has 52 apartments. It has a rusticated
one-story base, a canopied entrance, quoins, consistent multi-paned
fenestration and very fine decorative details. It permits protruding
air-conditioners and jas no health club, no sidewalk landscaping,
no balconies and no garage.
Midway between Sutton Place and Beekman Place,
the building is not far from the United Nations and there are
numerous restaurants in the area. There is a fair bit of traffic
on this block because cars have to turn around on the dead-end
street. There is cross-town bus service on 57th Street and 49th
and 50th Streets. The building is not close to subways.