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The Cornwall

255 West 90th Street

Northwest corner at Broadway

The Cornwall

The Cornwall

By Carter B. Horsley

This 12-story, red-brick, cooperative apartment building is one of the most spectacular in the city because of its very ornate and spectacular roofline, which is perforated with bold Art Nouveau style detailing. It was erected in 1909 and designed by Neville & Bagge.

Detail of roofline

Detail of roofline

The building, which has 35 apartments, has a three-story limestone base. It has several decorative balconies and those on the fourth floor have squirrels.

Roofline

Roofline

The building has a doorman, a roof deck, a step-up entrance, and protruding air-conditioners, but no sidewalk landscaping and no garage.

Sidestreet entrance

Sidestreet entrance

The building has a sidestreet, canopied, two-step-up entrance with a high cast-iron fence, light stanchions and a handsome two-story story with three pairs of pilasters.

The neighborhood is one of the city's finest architecturally with many superb pre-World War II apartment buildings and some well-designed late 20th Century apartment houses as well. The lively area has many restaurants and stores and one of the city's best coffee shops, the City Diner, is located in the building's retail space on Broadway. There is a subway station at 86th Street where there is also excellent cross-town bus service.

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