By Carter B. Horsley
This impressive, pre-war, 12-story apartment
building is a cooperative and has 85 apartments.
Like the Dakota, its famous neighbor eight
blocks to the north on Central Park West, this building has its
entrance on the sidestreet with a manned gatehouse. The Dakota
has an arched entrance that leads to a large courtyard with entrances
at each of its four corners. Harperley Hall has an open court
in the shape of a "T" with three entrances along the
top of the "T." While many buildings have deep "light
courts" such as this, most are not as "finished"
as the facades here facing the court.
The building is surrounded by an attractive
and tall wrought-iron fence in front of a "moat." The
building, which has sidewalk landscaping, has many wrought-iron
balconies and one continuous balcony that curves round the building's
Central Park West corner two floors down from its cornice. There
are also numerous window surrounds with pilasters. The apartments
have high ceilings and large windows.
The very handsome building is across 64th Street
from the distinguished, low-rise building of the New York Society
for Ethical Culture, which affords many of its apartments better
views and more "light and air."
The building has four lantern stanchions but
no health club. It has a garage for 11 cars and two lushly landscaped roof decks, one on each wing.
It is close
to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and many restaurants
and stores. It is very convenient to excellent bus service and
subway stations are a few blocks away.
One of its residents for several years is Madonna, the rock diva.
The building was completed in 1910 and was
designed by Henry W. Wilkinson.