By Carter B. Horsley
One of the tallest of the limestone-clad apartment
houses on Fifth Avenue, this prominent 17-story structure has
one of the most distinctive rooflines along the avenue.
The building was erected in 1930 by Anthony
Paterno and was designed by Rosario Candela, one of the city's
most prominent designers of luxury apartment buildings in the
late 1920's and early 1930's.
The asymmetrical roof, which is setback and
clad in a pale yellow brick, has several tall arches whose openings
were filled nicely with huge windows in the late 1990's in a remodeling
of the spectacular penthouse. The handsome rooftop design is somewhat
similar to the roof at Ten Gracie Square, which was erected in
the same year and designed by Van Wart & Wein with Pennington
The canopied entrance has very attractive cast-iron
doors and extensive sidewalk landscaping.
The facade, which has had many repairs, is
relatively plain except for several sculpted faces at the fifth
story. The large building has only 27 apartments and has had many
prominent residents, including the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The building is one block north of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. It is convenient to cross-town bus service on 86th
and 85th Streets, although there is a fair bit of traffic as 85th
Street is the entrance to a Central Park transverse road.
The building has several terraces, a concierge,
a doorman, and nice sidewalk landscaping, but no garage and no