There are only two grand
"studio" buildings that face Central Park: this one
and the Gainsborough on Central Park South.
The Gainsborough has a much
lovelier fašade than this 15-story, brown-brick building,
which was erected in 1918 and is a cooperative with 69 apartments.
This building is rather
deceptive as its frontage on the park indicates that it only has
only 11 floors, four with double-height windows, but its side-street
fašade has double-height windows only at its corners. The
building's cornice, interestingly, is two stories from its top.
The building's simple, canopied entrance with a limestone surround
is on the sidestreet, which has several other pre-war "studio"
buildings, including the Des Artistes, across the street, as well
as several ABC-TV facilities.
The building is across from
the entrance to the Tavern-on-the-Green Restaurant in Central
Park, which illuminates its trees at night.
This brown-brick, 14-story, studio apartment building fronts
on Central Park West across from Tavern on the Green. It has a side-street
entrance at 2 West 67th Street.
It was built in 1919 and has 69 co-operative apartments.
The architects, Rich & Mathesius, were influenced by the
"arts and crafts" style when designing one of the most sought-after
residences on Central Park West. Also known as 70 Central Park West, the
building is conveniently located near Lincoln Center,
several subway lines, and many private schools and cultural institutions.
Amenities include a furnished roof deck, storage, live-in
resident manager, and 24-hour doorman. Pets are welcome.
The side-street has several other studio-only buildings,
including the mid-block Des Artistes across the street.
There are only two
highly desirable studio buildings facing Central Park:
this one and the far grander Gainsborough on Central Park South.
This building is rather deceptive as its frontage on the
park indicates that it only has 7 floors, most with double-height windows, but
its side-street fašade has double-height windows only at its corners. The
building's cornice, interestingly, is two stories from its top. The building's
simple, canopied entrance with a limestone surround is on the side-street with
several other pre-war studio buildings, including the Des Artistes across the
street, as well as several ABC-TV facilities.
The building is across from the entrance to the
Tavern-on-the-Green Restaurant in Central Park,
which illuminates its trees at night. It has inconsistent fenestration on
Central Park West.
There is excellent public transportation nearby along with
the area, primely located by Lincoln
Center for the Performing
Arts, is rich with dining and retail venues.
The building has a full-time doorman, a concierge, a live-in
superintendent, storage, and a laundry.
It has some fireplaces and allows pets.
The building has protruding air-conditioners, no roof deck,
no health club, no sidewalk landscaping, no garage and no balconies.
Apartment 6/7C is a duplex unit with a long entry foyer that
leads to the double-height, 25-foot-long living room with a fireplace that
opens onto the 16-foot-wide dining room next to the 16-foot-wide kitchen and an
11-foot-wide den on the lower floor.
14/15D is a duplex one-bedroom unit with an entry foyer with
staircase on the lower level that leads to the double-height, 23-foot-wide
living room with a fireplace and long kitchen.
Apartment 12/13DE is a two-bedroom duplex with a small entry
foyer with a staircase that leads to a windowless 11-foot-wide office, a
gallery hall, a 17-foot-wide study, a 14-foot-long enclosed kitchen and a
double-height 23-foot-wide living room with a fireplace.
Apartment 4/5C is a two-bedroom duplex with an entry foyer
that leads past a 16-foot-wide kitchen, with a butler’s pantry, to a
double-height 22-foot-wide living room with a fireplace and staircase and a
14-foot-wide dining room. Upstairs there is a curved balcony, a small office
and the bedrooms.
8H is a two-bedroom unit with a 12-foot-long entry foyer that
leads to a 26-foot-long living room with a fireplace, a 15-foot-wide open
dining room and a 12-foot-wide, windowed and enclosed kitchen.
The building has a doorman,
sidewalk landscaping, and protruding air-conditioners, but no
balconies, no garage, no health club, and no roof deck. It has
There is excellent public
transportation nearby and the Lincoln Center for the Performing
Arts and many restaurants and stores are also nearby.
In his fine book, "New York Streetscapes,
Tales of Significant Buildings and Landmarks," (Harry N.
Abrams, Inc., 2003), Christopher Gray devotes a chapter to this
building and provides the following commentary:
"In 1916 the seventh artists studio on
West 67th Street, at 2 West 67th Street, turned a corner, both
onto Central Park West and beyond the realm of art. The painter
and illustrator Penrhyn Stanlaws had organized the Hotel des Artists
across the street the year before, and for 2 West 67th Street
he had the architects Rich and Mathesius design a building with
a pronounced arts-and-crafts-influence. They eliminated the usual
projecting cornice and finished the top of the building with simple
frieze of panels and delicately worked copper coping. They used
roughly textured brick on the fašade and rendered it with
details that emphasize a handmade character. Delays with structural
steel - possibly related to the need for steel in World War I
- put off completion until 1919. Plans in the building varied
from floor to floor, but there were about two dozen duplex apartments
with double-height studios - 19 feet high - and an undetermined
number of regular apartments."
It may not be pretty, but it sure has some
great apartments and a great location.