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2 West 67th Street

Southwest corner at Central Park West

The large "studio" windows at 2 West 67th Street

By Carter B. Horsley

There are only two grand "studio" buildings that face Central Park: this one and the Gainsborough on Central Park South.

The Gainsborough has a much lovelier fašade than this 15-story, brown-brick building, which was erected in 1918 and is a cooperative with 69 apartments.

This building is rather deceptive as its frontage on the park indicates that it only has only 11 floors, four with double-height windows, but its side-street fašade has double-height windows only at its corners. The building's cornice, interestingly, is two stories from its top. The building's simple, canopied entrance with a limestone surround is on the sidestreet, which has several other pre-war "studio" buildings, including the Des Artistes, across the street, as well as several ABC-TV facilities.

The building is across from the entrance to the Tavern-on-the-Green Restaurant in Central Park, which illuminates its trees at night.

This brown-brick, 14-story, studio apartment building fronts on Central Park West across from Tavern on the Green. It has a side-street entrance at 2 West 67th Street.

It was built in 1919 and has 69 co-operative apartments.

The architects, Rich & Mathesius, were influenced by the "arts and crafts" style when designing one of the most sought-after residences on Central Park West. Also known as 70 Central Park West, the building is conveniently located near Lincoln Center, several subway lines, and many private schools and cultural institutions.

Amenities include a furnished roof deck, storage, live-in resident manager, and 24-hour doorman. Pets are welcome.

The side-street has several other studio-only buildings, including the mid-block Des Artistes across the street.

 There are only two highly desirable studio buildings facing Central Park: this one and the far grander Gainsborough on Central Park South.

This building is rather deceptive as its frontage on the park indicates that it only has 7 floors, most with double-height windows, but its side-street fašade has double-height windows only at its corners. The building's cornice, interestingly, is two stories from its top. The building's simple, canopied entrance with a limestone surround is on the side-street with several other pre-war studio buildings, including the Des Artistes across the street, as well as several ABC-TV facilities.

The building is across from the entrance to the Tavern-on-the-Green Restaurant in Central Park, which illuminates its trees at night. It has inconsistent fenestration on Central Park West.

There is excellent public transportation nearby along with the area, primely located by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is rich with dining and retail venues.

The building has a full-time doorman, a concierge, a live-in superintendent, storage, and a laundry.  It has some fireplaces and allows pets.

The building has protruding air-conditioners, no roof deck, no health club, no sidewalk landscaping, no garage and no balconies.

Apartment 6/7C is a duplex unit with a long entry foyer that leads to the double-height, 25-foot-long living room with a fireplace that opens onto the 16-foot-wide dining room next to the 16-foot-wide kitchen and an 11-foot-wide den on the lower floor.

Apartment 14/15D is a duplex one-bedroom unit with an entry foyer with staircase on the lower level that leads to the double-height, 23-foot-wide living room with a fireplace and long kitchen.

Apartment 12/13DE is a two-bedroom duplex with a small entry foyer with a staircase that leads to a windowless 11-foot-wide office, a gallery hall, a 17-foot-wide study, a 14-foot-long enclosed kitchen and a double-height 23-foot-wide living room with a fireplace.

Apartment 4/5C is a two-bedroom duplex with an entry foyer that leads past a 16-foot-wide kitchen, with a butler’s pantry, to a double-height 22-foot-wide living room with a fireplace and staircase and a 14-foot-wide dining room. Upstairs there is a curved balcony, a small office and the bedrooms.

Apartment 8H is a two-bedroom unit with a 12-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 26-foot-long living room with a fireplace, a 15-foot-wide open dining room and a 12-foot-wide, windowed and enclosed kitchen.

The building has a doorman, sidewalk landscaping, and protruding air-conditioners, but no balconies, no garage, no health club, and no roof deck. It has inconsistent fenestration.

There is excellent public transportation nearby and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and many restaurants and stores are also nearby.

In his fine book, "New York Streetscapes, Tales of Significant Buildings and Landmarks," (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2003), Christopher Gray devotes a chapter to this building and provides the following commentary:

"In 1916 the seventh artists studio on West 67th Street, at 2 West 67th Street, turned a corner, both onto Central Park West and beyond the realm of art. The painter and illustrator Penrhyn Stanlaws had organized the Hotel des Artists across the street the year before, and for 2 West 67th Street he had the architects Rich and Mathesius design a building with a pronounced arts-and-crafts-influence. They eliminated the usual projecting cornice and finished the top of the building with simple frieze of panels and delicately worked copper coping. They used roughly textured brick on the fašade and rendered it with details that emphasize a handmade character. Delays with structural steel - possibly related to the need for steel in World War I - put off completion until 1919. Plans in the building varied from floor to floor, but there were about two dozen duplex apartments with double-height studios - 19 feet high - and an undetermined number of regular apartments."

It may not be pretty, but it sure has some great apartments and a great location.

 

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