By Carter B. Horsley
This handsome, 15-story, cooperative
apartment building was erected in 1927. It has 65 units. It was
designed by Gronenberg & Leuchtag.
According to the historical
district designation report, "sources indicate that it was
constructed on the site of the Arbutus, a brick-faced aprtment-hotel
of seven stories with a basement."
The yellow-brick building has
a canopied entrance, a doorman, a one-story limestone base, attractive
rope quoins on the second and third floors, a handsome, scalloped
cornice, nice decorative balconies, sidewalk landscaping, protruding
air-conditioners and arched windows on the second floor from the
It is across the sidestreet
from the low-rise Greek Orthodox Church of America, which provides
it with considerable "light and air."
The building has no health
club, no roof deck and no garage. It has an interior court that
opens to the north. The entrance is flanked by two metal and yellow
glass lanterns and set into an arched enframement with Norman
style moldings, small capitals, archivolts and carved panels.
The second and third stories are capped by a cornice and framed
by terracotta quoins with a decorative engaged colonnette at each
corner with Norman style ormanent.
The center bays of the 14th
floor are arched and have ornate terracotta typanums and the building
is capped by a parapet with an arched cobel table and a narrow
cornice. There is a one-story penthouse with a pitched red tile
One of the city's best private
schools, Trinity School, is a few blocks to the east on 91st Street
and there are many restaurants and stores nearby on Broadway.
This lively neighborhood is one of the city's finest architecturally.
There is good bus service on Riverside Drive and Broadway and
the nearest cross-town bus service and subway stations are not
too far away at 86th and 96th Streets.
The building has no garage,
no roofdeck, and no fitness center and it permits protruding air-conditioners.