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1067 Fifth Avenue
Between 87th and 88th Streets

1067 Fifth Avenue

1067 Fifth Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

This 13-story, limestone-clad apartment building was designed by C. P. H. Gilbert in 1917 and was the only the avenue's second apartment building on the Upper East Side.

It was designed in the François I style that Gilbert used to more elaborate effect for the great mansion at 2 East 79th Street on the southeast corner at Fifth Avenue in 1899.

The mid-block building was once flanked by elegant mansions including one that belonged to Henry Phipps just to the south.


Hiding beneath the canopy are dragons looking north and south

The building exudes a great sense of strength because of its inset windows and simple borders.


Putti at sides of first-floor windows like dragons

It has a curved entrance beneath the canopy that has fabulous salamanders and lizards and perhaps petite dragons scurrying about much to the apparent serene delight of putti heads flanking the entrance at the bottom of the first floor window frames.

Sidewalk landscaping

Building has sidewalk landscaping

Half a block from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and a block-and-a-half north of the 86th Street westbound bus, this building has a quiet and very fine Carnegie Hill location across from Central Park.

Arched entrance door

The sedate but very charming building has few apartments, numerous arched windows, and sidewalk landscaping but no garage.

Adjoining mansion that used to be  just to the south

Early photograph shows Henry Phipps mansion just to the south of the building

A current resident, Elie Hirschfeld, kindly sent The City Review two early photographs that showed the building shortly after it was erected.

Old photograph shows two mansions that used to be just to the north

Early photograph shows two mansions just to the north of building

Despite the assured elegance of 1067 Fifth Avenue, one can't help wondering how spectacular Fifth Avenue would have been if all the mansions of "Millionaire's Row" had survived and been preserved and their air-rights transferred to Madison Avenue. We, when confronted with both dragons and putti, one is tempted to have pipe dreams....

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