Carter B. Horsley
In the early 1970's, three
apartment towers burst through the fairly uniform roofline of
This was the last of them.
Completed in 1974, this quite conventional, 110-unit condominium
tower, which was once known as Carlton Park, was designed by Stephen
The first was 733 Park Avenue
at 71st Street in 1971 and the second was 900 Park Avenue at 79th
Street in 1973.
Reflecting the fact that
when it was built its location was considerably to the north of
the other two and that the Carnegie Hill District had yet to flourish
into one of the city's most desirable residential locations, this
building made no special effort to relate to the high architectural
traditions of the avenue. It is essentially a typical high-rise
tower of its period that proliferated further to the east and
is quite out of place on Park Avenue.
Nevertheless, the abundantly
landscaped small corner plaza and deep arcade are quite pleasant
as is the building's lobby and its neighborhood has undergone
a tremendous gentrification and is now very desirable because
of its cultural institutions, schools, proximity to public transportation,
convenient shopping and considerable new construction in the vicinity.
A small church separates
this tower from another large tower in the middle of the block
between Park and Lexington Avenues that was a mixed-use project
of a school and apartments.
This building obviously
has dramatic views on its upper floors but the interruption of
the avenue's traditional building "wall" and cornice
line is abhorrent and of the three similar towers on the avenue
this is the least elegant.