By Carter B. Horsley
This large, impressive apartment building was
designed by J. E. R. Carpenter, the cityís foremost architect
of luxury residential buildings of his generation.
The building, which has a sidestreet entrance,
was erected in 1917 and converted to a cooperative in 1952. The
17-story building has only 32 apartments.
Carpenterís other Park Avenue buildings
include 580, 625, 630, 635, 640, 655, 812, 950, 960 and 1050.
His Fifth Avenue buildings include 810, 825, 907, 920, 950, 988,
1030, 1035, 1060, 1115, 1120, 1143, 1150, 1165 and 1170 as well
as 2 East 66th Street.
This site was once occupied by Holbrook Hall,
an apartment building that was destroyed in a fire and replaced
by the Yosemite cooperative apartment building, which was designed
by McKim, Mead & White, in 1891, for the New York Life Insurance
Company. "A syndicate headed by John H. Carpenter bought
the property from the insurance company for $600,000 in the spring
of 1916 and engaged J. E.R. Carpenter to design as seventeen-story
apartment building," according to James Tragerís book,
"Park Avenue, Street of Dreams," (Atheneum, 1990).
The beige-brick building, which has a two-story
limestone base, is convenient to midtown and the fashionable boutiques
and restaurants of Madison Avenue and not far from two subway
lines. It has sidewalk landscaping, consistent fenestration but
the tops of most of the windows have a bold, flaring terracotta
decorative element and the building permits protruding air-conditioners.
The building has no sundeck, no garage and no health club.