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1185 Park Avenue

Between 94th & 95th Streets

1185 Park Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

One of the very few grand courtyard apartment buildings left in Manhattan and the only one still standing on Park Avenue, this very large and very handsome building has 185 cooperative apartments.

Designed by Schwartz & Gross, it was developed by the Bricken Construction Company in 1929.

1185 Park Avenue entrance

The building has a Gothic-inspired triple-arch entrance and driveway on the avenue and its very large courtyard leads to six elevator lobbies, each of which service only two apartments a floor. A nice feature of the landscaped courtyard is that the separate entrances have their own canopies and that the facades facing the courtyard were nicely ornamented and finished.

Entrance fence at 1185 Park Avenue

The building has a two-story limestone base with a dark masonry façade above with terra-cotta trim near the corners. Like many buildings of its era, its windows had awnings that have long since given way to air-conditioners.

Courtyard of 1185 Park Avenue

The apartments are spacious and there are some duplex penthouses.

In 1995, the building converted a former "ironing" room that had become a storage room in the basement into a 800-sq. ft. gym with black granite and bird'-eye pine trim.

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