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850 Park Avenue

Southwest corner at 77th Street

850 Park Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

This very attractive, 12-story building, which was designed by Rouse & Goldstone, was erected in 1914 and converted to a cooperative in 1920.

The architects were best known for their design of the Montana apartments at 375 Park Avenue on the site of the Seagram Building and their other Park Avenue buildings are 45 Park, a hotel, and the apartment buildings at 760 and 876.

The light beige brick building has arched windows on its second floor and garlands run around the top of its facade and at the base of the third story. The building, which has 51 apartments, has a very impressive, Wedgewood-style lobby.

According to James Trager, the author of "Park Avenue, Street of Dreams," (Atheneum, 1990), the building replaced four row houses, three stables and two vacant lots.

The doorman building is across Park Avenue from the "pink" pavilion of Lenox Hill Hospital, but it is also close to many fashionable restaurants, boutiques and art galleries along Madison Avenue and a local subway station on Lexington Avenue at 77th Street. It has no garage and no health club. The facade shows signs of renovation.

 

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