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30 East 76th Street

The red-brick 30 East 76th Street

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 roof.

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."

Entrance

Entrance

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.

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