By Carter B. Horsley
Although one often thinks of Park Avenue’s
apartment buildings as limestone palaces, at least on their lower
floors, there are many quite distinctive non-limestone facades
such as this one.
Its first story is decorated with unglazed
terracotta elements and the beige-brick facade is deeply grouted
to great effect and enhanced by many bay windows. The lobby is
not large but quite handsomely arcaded. The design touches here
are subtle and notable.
The midblock building was designed by Pickering
& Walker, the architects also of 969 Park Avenue. This building
was erected in 1913 and converted to a cooperative in 1959 and
has 38 apartments. Architect Arthur Weiser oversaw a remodeling
of the building in 1935.
It is close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
and many boutiques and art galleries along Madison.
Cross-town buses run on 79th Street and one
of the city’s best schools, PS 6, is nearby in this very
desirable neighborhood. A local subway station is at Lexington
Avenue and 77th Street.
The building has a canopied entrance with a
doorman but no sidewalk landscaping and no garage.