By Carter B. Horsley
This red-brick, 20-story apartment building
was designed by Gustave Wiser and is distinctive for its large,
green, glazed terra cotta corner panels and a very handsome redesign
of its entrance and large lobby. Green panels also are used in
the broad window sections.
The green colors suggest the old patina of
copper but are somewhat incongruous, albeit not unwelcome here.
It might have been more effective if similar paneling had been
used to create quoins at the north and west edges of the building,
a treatment that might have created a more unified appearance.
The lobby is quite modern and has an Oriental-style
elegance that well compliments a similar but different lobby and
entrance of the adjoining, somewhat newer building on the same
block, a rather unusual example of contextual design.
This building, which has a doorman and a concierge
and several terraces, was erected in 1957 and converted to a cooperative
three years later. It has 75 apartments and an excellent Upper
East Side location that is one block from an express subway station
at Lexington Avenue. Cross-town buses run frequently on 86th Street
and two supermarkets are nearby on Madison Avenue as well as many
boutiques. Central Park, of course, is just two blocks away.
The neighborhood is highly desirable because
of its many landmark buildings, major museums, excellent schools
and religious buildings and convenient shopping.
This is a busy intersection.