By Carter B. Horsley
Madison Avenue is generally best known for
its boutiques and not its architecture. The avenue, however, actually
has a nice collection of mid-rise, pre-war buildings with quite
distinctive, copper roofs.
This handsome but and modest 15-story structure,
erected in 1925, is just such an example as it has a tall, pitched
roof. It was converted in 1985 to a condominium and it has only
16 apartments, which gives it a degree of exclusivity commensurate
with its prime location across from the main entrance to the Carlyle
Hotel, one of the city's most elegant.
This location is very convenient to many of
the city's most famous boutiques and several important cultural
institutions. There are also several religious institutions and
schools in the area.
The façade of the redbrick building
has subtle piers that lend the structure a strong sense of verticality
and its top is nicely sculpted with some terraces. The building
has an attractive lobby and a doorman but no balconies, no sidewalk
landscaping and no garage.
A local subway station is nearby at 77th Street
and Lexington close to Lenox Hill Hospital. There is good cross-town
bus service on 79th Street.