By Carter B. Horsley
Basking in the glory of its freestanding site,
this 38-story tower is one of the most visible in the Lincoln
With its large, setback mansard roof, the building could have
been just another Post-Modern pastiche, but the proportions and
detailing here have resulted in a very pleasing composition that
is both dignified and modern, nostalgic, but practical.
A key to its success is it quite rigorous façade, rhythmically
broken up by its balconies, and its rich coloring of Sienna colored
brick and bronze glass atop a limestone base.
The 224-unit condominium opened in 1987 and
was developed by Carol Management Corporation and designed by
The building has a health club and pool, room service, concierge
This neighborhood began to witness a tremendous
burst of new construction around 2007 with several new apartment
towers nearby to the south and west and Fordham University is
planning to develop much of its nearby site to the east (see The City Review article).
This site was formerly occupied by the Power Memorial Academy,
a Roman Catholic high school that was housed in a building that
had been built in 1893 for the New York Infant Asylum.
In their great book, "New York 2000, Architecture
and Urbanism Between The Bicentennial and the Millennium,"
Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman and Jacob Tilove said that this
tower was "exceptionally prominent, especially when viewed
from the Lincoln Center plaza, where it loomed over the cultural
complex like an unwelcome intruder wearing a large black mansard
While it really is not "The Shoot-Out
at the Lincoln Center Corral," the Fordham University expansion
will, if unmodified, severely impact the visual space of the Alfred
and the center.