By Carter B. Horsley
One of the most distinguished apartment buildings
on Park Avenue, this is also one of the city’s better Art
Massive, but muted, it projects a dignified
monumentality: it is a building in a chalk-stripped gray flannel
suit. It was designed by Sloan & Robertson, the architectural
firm best known for the very prominent and important Chanin Building
on the southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street.
The 19-story building, which has a three-story
limestone base beneath a yellow brick facade with wide fluted
limestone pilasters, was erected in 1930 and converted to a cooperative
in 1952. It has 36 apartments and an impressive entrance on 79th
Street, which has frequent cross-town bus service.
The building has numerous decorative plaques,
a very attractive enclosed rooftop watertank and consistent, multipaned
fenestration. A narrow portion of the building is deeply recessed
on the avenue with large, curved bay windows.
Its location is in the heart of the Upper East
Side, close to Fifth Avenue’s "Museum Mile," the
fashionable boutiques and art galleries of Madison Avenue, and
numerous restaurants nearby on Third Avenue and the 77th Street
local station of the Lexington Avenue Subway.
In his book, "The City Observed, New York,
A Guide To The Architecture of Manhattan," (Vintage Books,
1979), architecture critic Paul Goldberger described this building
as "interesting blend" of Georgian and Art Deco styles:
"it is Park Avenue with just a hint of a 1930’s flair."
The building has its entrance on 79th Street.
It has a doorman and a concierge and some bay windows and protruding
air-conditioners, but no garage and no health club.