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975 Park Avenue

Southeast corner at 83rd Street

975 Park Avenue

975 Park Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

From a distance, this looks like a typically attractive, "standard-issue" Park Avenue apartment building of generous and stately proportions.

Up close, however, this red-brick building has a herd of cow skulls ringing its facade on a low stringcourse and along its cornice.


Facade detail

Erected in 1929, the finely detailed building, which has a two-story limestone base, was converted to a cooperative in 1964. The 16-story building has 66 apartments and was developed by Michael E. Paterno, one of the city’s foremost developers of luxury residential buildings of his generation, and designed by J. M. Felson.

975 Park Avenue entrance


This apartment building overlooks the Roman Catholic Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and its school and related facilities diagonally across the avenue.

The building, which has an exposed rooftop watertank, is close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue and there are other schools and religious institutions nearby. Cross-town buses run on 86th Street and an express subway station is at Lexington Avenue and 86th Street. The building has a doorman, protruding air-conditioners and sidewalk landscaping but no garage.


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