By Carter B. Horsley
One of the supreme residential buildings of
New York, this limestone-clad apartment building has an unusual
fenestration pattern that hints at its unusual and dramatic apartment
layouts. Its base is one of the finest in the city as it has four
two-story arches on Fifth Avenue and six on the sidestreet, where
it has its entrance.
Designed by Warren & Wetmore, the main
architects of Grand Central Terminal who also designed the elegant
apartment building at 927 Fifth Avenue, this 14-story building
was completed in 1925. The fifth-floor windows have balustraded
decorative railings at their base and instead of a large cornice
the building had a large balustraded railing around its top, which
has been altered by the replacement of much of the balustraded
columns with attractive iron railings.
It has only 13 apartments and they are spectacular.
The top triplex, for example, was taken by a member of the Kress
family, whose incredible collection of Italian Renaissance paintings,
the largest ever assembled by an American, was largely given to
more than 20 American museums including the National Gallery of
Art in Washington. The Kress fortune came from a discount store
of the same name that competed with Woolworth's. One hallway in
the Kress apartment had many drawings by Albert Durer and one
bedroom had large panels of young girls throwing a mannekin into
the air by Goya flanking the headrest.
The building is across from the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, but one block north of its main entrance. It is
also one block south of the busy exit of a Central Park transverse
road so that it is relatively quiet for its busy location. The
building has a very impressive maisonette apartment with its own
entrance on the avenue and extensive sidewalk landscaping on the
With its spectacular and grand apartments,
some with 18 foot ceilings, great park views and fewer apartments
than floors, this is one of the city's most desirable address.
The building has a concierge and doorman and handsome sidewalk
landscaping, but no garage, no health club and no balconies. Handsome
lanterns flank its one-step-up entrance and the building permits