25 East End Avenue

Northeast corner at 80th Street

View from the northwest

25 East End Avenue, viewed from the northwest

By Carter B. Horsley

This very handsome apartment building was erected in 1928 and designed by Cross & Cross.

The 15-story building, which is one of the most attractive on East End Avenue, used to also front on Marie Curie Avenue, which was removed to accommodate the FDR Drive.

In a September 2, 2007 article in The New York Times, Christopher Gray wrote that the "neo-Georgian" building was the first apartment building on East End Avenue and went up about the same time as the Neo-Georgian-style Chapin School a few blocks to the north on the short avenue. "Each floor was divided into three apartments , the northerly unit running from the East River to the East End, so fresh air could rush past the three double doors on the balcony of the 14-by-26-foot living room, through the 7-by-25-foot foyer and then out the windows of the library....The construction of 25 East End was somewhat daring since the avenue south of 84th Street was still industrial." Mr. Gray also noted that Charles MacArthur, the author of "The Front Page" and his wife, Helen Hayes, the actress, lived in the building and that in 2007 a 10-room apartment on the 14th floor sold for $4.3 million. (9/10/07)

Rear facade

Rear facade facing the East River

The building has a two-story stone base and is distinguished by its bold quoins and finials. It has many balconies facing the river.

Entrance

Entrance

The building's elegance led to the erection the following year of 1 East End Avenue on the block just to the south on an trapezoidal site that is only 29 feet wide at the south end, where there is an entrance to the FDR Drive.

The two buildings complement one another very well and had the Depression not intervened might have led to the creation of one of the city's most impressive residential avenues.

View from the southwest

View from the southwest

The southern terminus of East End Avenue is the full-block model tenement project known as City & Suburban Homes.

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