This restrained but elegant,
limestone-clad, apartment tower was erected in 1981 and for its
time was quite a "modern" intrusion into this sedate
neighborhood. It is a condominium and has only 35 apartments.
It was developed by Jacques
Têzé of Sefrius, an American subsidiary of Union
Internationale Immobilière, and designed by Thierry W.
Despont and Emil Steo.
The building, known as La
Residence, has a one-step-up entrance that leads to very handsome,
paneled lobby with a concierge. The building has some handsome
balconies inset in the tower's base facing the avenue, some 13-foot-high
living rooms, discrete air-conditioners and mahogany-framed windows.
It has no garage, no health club, no sidewalk landscaping and
no roof deck.
It is across the avenue
from the attractive, red-brick P.S. 6, one of the city's best
public schools and one block away from the entrance to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue. It is just to the north of the
Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home and there is a coffee shop on the
same block just to the north. This neighborhood has attractive
boutiques and two supermarkets are a few blocks away up Madison
Avenue. There is good bus service but the subway is several blocks
away at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue. An entrance to Central
Park is nearby at 80th and Fifth Avenue.