By Carter B. Horsley
This very handsome, red-brick building has
one of the liveliest and most complex facades on Park Avenue.
Above its two-and-a-half-story, rusticated
limestone base, the building has several white stone belt courses,
numerous wrought-iron balconies as well as a few in limestone
and alternate floors with different window heights. The larger
floors not only have taller windows, but the windows are capped
with arched decorative elements. The balconies are underneath
corner windows at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th floors and a
continuous balcony runs under all the top floor windows. Balconies
also are under the center windows on the 9th floor on both the
avenue and sidestreet facades.
The 13-story building, which has 20 apartments
was erected in 1910 and converted to a cooperative in 1947. It
has a three-story, rusticated limestone base and a paneled lobby,
but protruding air-conditioners and an inconsistent fenestration.
It has a canopied, four-step-up entrance and no sidewalk landscaping.
It was built by William J. Taylor and the architect
was Walter B. Chambers. It has a very attractive entrance on the
sidestreet and is surrounded by a dry moat. It replaced five row
houses and, according to James Trager, the author of "Park
Avenue, Street of Dreams," (Atheneum, 1990), was known as
"the first luxury apartment house" on the avenue.
"Its architect made it look as if all
its cooperative apartments were duplexes; actually, those facing
the avenue really are, those in the rear are not. A typical apartment
had on its first floor a drawing room measuring 26’ by 18’
6", a dining room 25’ x 16’, a private hall, a
servants’ dining room, butler’s pantry, and kitchen’
its second floor had four bedrooms ranging in size from 18’
x 16’ to 14’ x 9’, three baths, and two servants’
rooms with sink. This was just one of several cooperative duplex
apartment houses built on Park Avenue in an effort to attract
more affluent tenants," Trager noted.
The building has a superb location that is
convenient to midtown, clubs, shopping, restaurants and public