By Carter B. Horsley
This 13-story, limestone-clad
apartment building was designed by C. P. H. Gilbert in 1917 and
was the only the avenue's second apartment building on the Upper
It was designed in the François
I style that Gilbert used to more elaborate effect for the great
mansion at 2 East 79th Street on the southeast corner at Fifth
Avenue in 1899.
The mid-block building was
once flanked by elegant mansions including one that belonged to
Henry Phipps just to the south.
The building exudes a great
sense of strength because of its inset windows and simple borders.
It has a curved entrance beneath
the canopy that has fabulous salamanders and lizards and perhaps
petite dragons scurrying about much to the apparent serene delight
of putti heads flanking the entrance at the bottom of the first
floor window frames.
Half a block from the Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum and a block-and-a-half north of the 86th
Street westbound bus, this building has a quiet and very fine
Carnegie Hill location across from Central Park.
The sedate but very charming
building has few apartments, numerous arched windows, and sidewalk
landscaping but no garage.
A current resident, Elie Hirschfeld,
kindly sent The City Review two early photographs that showed
the building shortly after it was erected.
Despite the assured elegance
of 1067 Fifth Avenue, one can't help wondering how spectacular
Fifth Avenue would have been if all the mansions of "Millionaire's
Row" had survived and been preserved and their air-rights
transferred to Madison Avenue. We, when confronted with both dragons
and putti, one is tempted to have pipe dreams....