By Carter B. Horsley
This handsome apartment has many similarities
with the building directly across 76th Street, 830 Park Avenue:
they were built in the same year, 1912, designed by the same architects,
George and Edward Blum, and converted to a cooperative in the
same year, 1953.
The buildings, however, are quite different
in color, massing and size: this one is light-colored, has no
center "light well," and has 53 apartments; 830 is darker,
has a center "light well," and has 78 apartments.
The avenue façade on this building is
also more formal with a nicely symmetrical placement of balconies
and an arched entrance. The building has a rusticated limestone
base and some attractive wrought-iron balconies. It has protruding
air-conditioners, but almost all of its windows are still, thankfully,
Unfortunately, this 12-story-building has a
fuller view from many of its apartments of the jarring "pink"
pavilion of Lenox Hill Hospital directly across the avenue than
This doorman building is close to many fashionable
restaurants, boutiques and art galleries along Madison Avenue
and is down the sidestreet from the elegant entrance to the Carlyle
The architects, George and Edward Blum, also
designed 555, 791, 940 and 1075 Park Avenue.
A local subway station is at 77th Street and
Lexington Avenue and cross-town buses run on 79th Street. This
building is close to the Carlyle Hotel and the Whitney Museum
of American Art and many boutiques and art galleries on Madison
Avenue. It has no garage, no health club and no sundeck.