By Carter B. Horsley
One of the most interesting buildings on Park
Avenue, this 18-story structure was designed by DePace & Juster
in an eclectic style that incorporates many Venetian-style ornaments.
The three-story base of the building is covered
in a warm, yellow marble and the rest of the building, which was
erected in 1930, has a dark brown masonry facade that has an unusual,
delicate and simple design pattern that divides the facade into
bays. The buildings facades are punctuated by several terracotta
ornamental balconies and cornices with pointed arch designs.
The facade detailing is excellent and fascinating
as the eye darts about it. Some recent restoration near the top
was done with a lighter color brick, but time and New Yorks
less than always pure air should "weather" eventually.
The building was converted to a cooperative
in 1955 and has 80 large apartments.
It is located in the heart of the Carnegie
Hill neighborhood and is down the block from the very attractive
St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church. Other religious buildings
are nearby as are many charming restaurants, major museums and
many of the citys finest schools.
The area has excellent public transportation
with frequent cross-town bus service on 86th Street and an express
subway station at Lexington Avenue and 86th Street. A large supermarket
is two blocks away on Madison Avenue and an excellent food store
is two blocks away on Lexington Avenue near a major Barnes &
Noble bookstore, an HMV music store and several movie theaters.
The building has no garage.