By Carter B. Horsley
This limestone-clad, 13-story structure is
one of the most exclusive and elegant buildings on the avenue
because of its very fine detailing and that the fact that it has
only 6 apartments.
Exquisitely designed in Italian-Renaissance-palazzo-style
by Rosario Candela and the firm of Warren & Wetmore, this
building has a sidestreet entrance and attractive landscaping.
It was built in 1927, a year after the similar and equally handsome
building directly across 80th Street was completed to designs
by J. E. R. Carpenter, Candelas predecessor as the preeminent
designer of luxury apartment buildings on the Upper East Side.
This building was converted to a cooperative in 1952.
All the apartments in this building, which
has inconsistent fenestration, are duplexes and the penthouse
is one of the nicest in the city.
The buildings location is right in the
middle of Fifth Avenues "Museum Mile" and across
from the south end of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is also
only a block away from cross-town bus service and is convenient
to a supermarket on Madison Avenue as well as the charming outdoor
café at the Stanhope Hotel on Fifth Avenue at 81st Street.
The building, which was erected on the former
site of a François I chateau-style mansion designed by
C. P. H. Gilbert for Frank W. Woolworth, has spectacular views
of Central Park and a doorman but no garage and no health club.