By Carter B. Horsley
This very attractive and elegant apartment
building was erected in 1916 and converted to a cooperative in
The 13-story building was designed by Emery
Roth, the architect of such major New York landmarks as the Ritz
Tower at 475 Park Avenue and the San Remo and Beresford apartment
buildings on Central Park West.
The design represented a change in Roth’s
style to a more refined classicism, here with English influences.
The red-brick building, which has a two-story
white marble base and a considerable amount of terracotta decoration
on its facades, is a very handsome and contextual neighbor to
the Georgian-style Colony Club on the northwest corner at 62nd
Street. This building has 52 apartments. The 5th floor of the
facade is particularly nice with rectangular elements between
the windows, a treatment that surprisingly is not repeated at
the top floor where it would make up for the rather small cornice.
This section of Park Avenue is very desirable
because it has several very handsome low-rise buildings and churches
that make it architecturally quite interesting and also provides
more open views. It is also very close to midtown and convenient
to many fashionable boutiques and restaurants along Madison Avenue
and is not too far from Central Park.
The building has a sidestreet, canopied entrance
with a doorman and concierge and a large lobby. The building has
no garage, no sundeck and no health club.