This grand, pre-war apartment
building is one of the few on the Upper East Side with very high
It was built in 1929 by the Teeson Construction Company, a subsidiary of the Tishman Company.
It was designed by Schwartz & Gross.
The handsome, brown-brick,
castle-like building also has a great location across Madison
Avenue from the great Whitney Museum of American Art building and across
the street from the handsome low-rise commercial building on the
northwest corner at 964 Madison Avenue, which was designed in
neo-Classical style by George F. Pelham in 1925.
This 11-story building has
61 apartments, a doorman, a canopied entrance flanked by wall
lanterns and sidewalk landscaping and a one-story limestone base
with high-end retail space. It permits protruding air-conditioners
but has no health club, no terraces, no balconies and no roof
The multi-paned large
are surrounded with attractive decorative detailing including narrow
brick towerlettes crowned by stone pinnacles, according to the
designation report for the Upper East Side Historic District that also
noted that it replaced six houses of the early 1870s.
There is good cross-town
bus service on 79th Street and a subway station is nearby at 77th
Street and Lexington Avenue.
Central Park is one block
away to the west and there are numerous religious and cultural
institutions nearby as well as many art galleries and fashionable
boutiques. The city's best cappucino can be had nearby on Madison
Avenue at Fauchon (which used to be St. Amboeus).
The western end of this
street is anchored by The Commonwealth Fund in the former Edward
and Mary Stillman Harkness House at 1 East 75th Street that was
designed in 1907 by Hale * Rogers and is one of the city's most
impressive neo-Renaissance mansions.