By Carter B. Horsley
Madison Avenue is generally best known for
its boutiques and not its architecture. The avenue, however, actually also
has a nice collection of mid-rise, pre-war buildings with quite
distinctive, copper roofs.
This handsome but and modest 16-story structure,
erected in 1929, is just such an example as it has a tall, pitched
It was designed in neo-Venetian Renaissance style by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon for 971-73 Madison Ave. Corp.
It was converted in 1985 to a condominium and it has only
16 apartments, which gives it a degree of exclusivity commensurate
with its prime location across 76th Street from the main entrance to the Carlyle
Hotel, one of the city's most elegant.
This location is very convenient to many of
the city's most famous boutiques and several important cultural
institutions. There are also several religious institutions and
schools in the area.
The fašade of the redbrick building
has subtle piers that lend the structure a strong sense of verticality
and its top is nicely sculpted with some terraces. The building
has an attractive lobby and a doorman but no balconies, no sidewalk
landscaping and no garage.
The building is described in the Upper
East Side Historic District designation report as having
"randomly-placed projecting headers and stretchers; round-arched
entrance on 76th Street; enframement created in decorative brickwork
with medallion at location of keystone; blind arches resting on corbels
at the second floor on both facades; 76th Street facade has decorative
tiles in tympana above the decorative quatrefoil panels of at the
fourteenth floor; set backs above the fourteenth floor; greenhouses and
balconies recently added the top two floors."
A local subway station is nearby at 77th Street
and Lexington close to Lenox Hill Hospital. There is good cross-town
bus service on 79th Street.