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905 West End Avenue

Northwest corner at 104th Street

905 West End Avenue

905 West End Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

Marketing for the residential condominium conversion of the 13-story apartment building at 905 West End Avenue on the northwest corner at 104th Street began in 2008.

It was one of three similar buildings designed by Gaetano Ajello for the Paterno Brothers in this attractive stretch of the Upper West Side. The other two at 885 and 895 West End Avenue.



Ajello's other buildings in Manhattan include 473, 505, 514, 575, 645 and 884 West End Avenue, and 160 and 373 Riverside Drive ad the Alameda and Avonova apartments on the Upper West Side.

This building was completed in 1917 and contained 53 apartments.

The building has a large lobby with a staircase and a full-time doorman. The building also has a roof deck and sidewalk landscaping and a bicycle room.

Some of the apartments have four bedrooms, a formal dining room and foyers that measure 13 feet 6 inches by 14 feet 3 inches. Such a unit was initially priced at about $3,750,000 with 90 percent financing for seven years with a 4.875 percent interest rate.

The building was sold in 2006 for $45.5 million by the Nagel Family to Samson Management Corporation of which David Kershner is a principal.

The building has 14 different apartment plans, SubZero refrigerators, granite countertops and some fireplaces.

View from the northeast

View from the northeast

The building is close to Straus Park at the intersection of West End Avenue and Broadway and the superb Garden of Eden gourmet food store at 107th Street and Broadway.

In a June 24, 2007 article in The New York Times, Christopher Gray wrote that "West End Avenue as it labors northward toward 96th Street presents a sort of humdrum tone - not nearly so distinguished as the blocks below 86th Street, with their bursts of Dutch- and Flemish-style architecture." He added, however, that "the stretch from 96th to 105th Streets is a perfect little laboratory of the design, decay and renewal of the apartment house of the 1910s."

This building, the article continued, "has a desolate, blighted look, especially over the entrance, where leaks from high up have come out through the brick, leaving behind great whitish salt stains called efflorescence. The cornice has been ripped off, the brick patching at the edges is a sad mismatch, and a crude line of electrical conduit runs from the original grand lamp bases to smaller fixtures set about six feet too low."

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