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1125 Fifth Avenue

Southeast corner at 94th Street

View from the south

1125 Fifth Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

This elegant apartment building at 1125 Fifth Avenue on the southeast corner of 94th Street was erected in 1925 by Samuel Minskoff of the Sammis Holding Corporation.  It was designed in Neo-Renaissance style by Emery Roth, whose other residential buildings on the avenue include 875, 993 and 1133.

Mr. Minskoff originally was a plumber from Russia, and his sons, Henry, Jerome and Myron, headed Sam Minskoff & Sons whose other residential buildings included the Brevoort on Lower Fifth Avenue, 710 Park Avenue and 1 East 66th Street and such office buildings are 1 Astor Plaza on Times Square, and the MGM building in West 55th Street.

It was converted to a co-operative in 1951. 

This elegant story apartment house has only one apartment per floor and is one of the most attractive in the very desirable and pleasant Carnegie Hill neighborhood.

1125 Fifth Avenue

View from the north

The Fifth Avenue facade and the longer sidestreet facade are finely detailed, symmetrical compositions highlighted by limestone pilasters. While facades that are clad entirely in limestone are generally thought to be more impressive than brick facades, this building demonstrates that deft handling of the composition can be very appealing, indeed.

The building has a three-story, rusticated limestone base with lush landscaing and the top floor is also faced with limestone.

The central fourth-story window on the Fifth Avenue facade is distinguished by an elaborately carved stone surround and a projecting, stone pseudo-balcony.

The main entrance, on Fifth Avenue, is set in an embellished stone surround of pilasters supporting a broken pediment framing a window.

Above the molded cornice of the base rise large, stone pilasters which are applied to the corners of the brick facade.

Stringcourses span the facades above the eleventh and thirteenth stories.

The  fourteenth-story bays are flanked by decorative panels, above which rises the balustered cornice. The penthouse is topped by a cornice with bold cartouches.

Some of the original six-over-six double-hung wood sash windows survive.

The building has a very attractive lobby.

The building's handsome watertank enclosure has Italian Renaissance-style window surrounds and arched designs in brick on its facades.

The building has a doorman, a very handsome lobby, a gym, storage and fireplaces, but no garage.

This 14-story building contains mostly full-floor apartments and is in the Carnegie Hill Historic District.

1125 Fifth Avenue entrance


The four-bedroom penthouse was acquired by Bette Midler, the singer.  It has wood-burning fireplaces in the 27-foot-long living room and the 23-foot-long master bedroom. 

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