By Carter B. Horsley
This very fine and interesting,
12-story building was erected in 1910 and converted to a cooperative
The Umbria from the east
The building has 43 apartments.
It was built by Harry Schiff
and designed by D. Everett Waid, who would more than two decades
later collaborate with Harvey Wiley Corbett on the massive and
very impressive Metropolitan Life Insurance Company North Building
on Madison Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets.
The white-brick building has
an Italian Renaissance palazzo-style fašade with an interestingly
styled, two-story limestone base and a broad, landscaped, three-step-up
entrance with fine wrought iron doors.
The building has a concierge
and a great gargoyle at its corner. It has consistent fenestration
and permits protruding air-conditioners and is missing a decorative
balcony at the fifth story although the scar is not very prominent.
Instead of a cornice, the building,
which is across the avenue from an attractive school, has an unusual
scroll and bump roofline.
This neighborhood offers convenient
public transportation at 86th Street and excellent shopping as
well as many interesting restaurants. Riverside Park is one block
away. It has no garage and no roofdeck but interesting grillwork
and a concierge.