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600 West End Avenue

Northeast corner at 89th Street

Block 1237 Lot 1

600 West End Avenue

600 West End Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

This is one of the more attractive apartment buildings along this handsome boulevard.

It is distinguished by large, green, glazed terracotta shields along its roofline and very bold and unusual balconies that have limestone ends and wrought-iron railings.

The brown-brick building has a three-story limestone base and a very ornate top with a large limestone balustraded bandcourse two floors from the top.

It was erected in 1910 and converted to a cooperative in 1978.

It was designed by Schwartz & Gross and is arranged around an interior court that opens to the east.

The transitional third story is faced in brown brick banded with contrasting white stone and the transitional tenth story is enhanced by terracotta brackets supporting a continuous balustrade at the 11th floor. The richly decorated top two floors have terracotta spandrels with green plaques and arched openings at the 12th story with the paired end bays set in inscribed arches recalling Gothic tracery. The large green terracotta shields are topped by a dentiled terracotta cornice and a parapet wall. Almost every floor has vents cut into the facade and few of the oiriginal windows have survived.

The building was erected on the Evans black," the site of the Evans homestead, a wood-frame dwelling with two attached stables and grounds that once occupied the entire block. During the early part of the 20th Century the building was occupied by squatters until it was demolished in 1909 to make way for this building.,

View from the northeast

View from the northeast

The 13-story building has 68 apartments and a step-up entrance and protruding air-conditioners. The building permits protruding air-conditioners and has inconsistent fenestration and no sidewalk landscaping, no health club and no garage.

Entrance

Entrance

It is one block to the east from Riverside Park and one block to the west of convenient neighborhood shopping on Broadway. It is also very convenient to excellent crosstown bus service on 86th Street and not far from a local subway station at 86th Street and Broadway. This area has undergone significant upgrading in the 1980's and 1990's and is now one of the most desirable on the Upper West Side.

For more information on 600 West End Avenue check its entry at CityRealty.com

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