By Carter B. Horsley
This very attractive, slim apartment building
was designed by J. E. R. Carpenter, the foremost architect of
luxury residential buildings in the city of his generation.
His other buildings on Fifth Avenue include
810, 825, 907, 920, 988, 1030, 1035, 1060, 1115, 1120, 1143, 1150,
1165 and 1170 as well as 2 East 66th Street.
Erected in 1926 as a cooperative, the 14-story
building has only 9 apartments.
Most luxury apartment buildings of its era
had multipaned windows and unfortunately many apartment owners
have opted to replace them with single-pane windows for less obstructed
views and energy savings. This building has inconsistent fenestration,
but also permitted some windows to be enlarged, thereby further
compromising the building's architectural integrity and demonstrating
the owners' arrogant insensitivity to aesthetics.
This building is also a fine example of the
extensive interior changes that occur over time in some of the
city's top luxury apartment buildings.
Originally the top floor was servants' rooms.
In his excellent book, "The New York Apartment Houses of
Rosario Candela and James Carpenter" (Acanthus Press, 2001),
Andrew Alpern notes that in 1927 the top floor was converted to
"a card room and solarium and combined with 12/13 duplex
to form triplex." Ten years later, however, he added, the
top floor was divided from the triplex as a separate apartment,
but in 1971 was rejoined to the duplex for Steven Ross, the head
of Warner Bros., and was subsequently sold to Mortimer Zuckerman,
the real estate developer and publisher.
The finely detailed, Italian-Renaissance-palazzo
style structure has an elegant, canopied entrance. It has no garage.
Its quiet location is convenient to the many
cultural institutions, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques
of this prime Upper East Side location along Fifth Avenue’s
This very desirable, limestone-clad building
has superb Central Park views, a doorman and high ceilings.
Dennis Kozlowski, the former head of Tyco,
owned an apartment in the building. (8/4/07)
For more information on 950 Fifth Avenue check its entry at CityRealty.com