Block 1119 Lot 5
Everyone loved the nighttime
sparkle of the lit trees at Tavern-on-the-Green in Central Park until it closed in 2010,
but the residents of this 16-story cooperative apartment building
might be a bit blasť since the spectacle was virtually in
their front yard.
There is, of course, much
else to see from this prime parkfront site, such as the glories
of the midtown and Upper East Side skylines. One of its
residents, Ruth Orkin (1921-1926), became famous for her photographs
from her 15th floor apartment in the building.
The handsome, 110-unit building
was erected in 1926 just before the Central Park West skyline
sprouted with its famed multi-towered apartment palazzi and this
building is sedate for such a prime site, but quite attractive.
Although it is a block north of the 65th Street park transverse
road and a block south of the entrance to the former Tavern-on-the-Green restaurant,
it is in the midst of considerable traffic, but its location also
offers proximity to the Lincoln Center district, one of the city's
most desirable because of both the cultural facilities and the
area's extensive prime retail.
The building, which has
a three-and-a-half stone base, the bottom two floors of which are rusticated, and a masonry facade with finials along
its top terrace, was converted to a cooperative in 1987. The building
has a doorman, an entrance marquee, and some balconies, but inconsistent
fenestration, no sundeck, no garage and no health club.
It was designed by Emery Roth
with light-brown bricks and terracotta detailing. There are some
two-story window surrounds with foliation, medallions, a cherib and
balustrades. According to the hausfitzgerald.com website, "at the
third-level, situated above the grand entrance, a window surround
enriched with finials atop a balustrated railing and a broken swan-neck
pediment with decoration in the tympanum adds a classical flair to the