By Carter B. Horsley
These large and attractive,
red-brick apartment houses were erected in 1906 and converted
to a cooperative in 1980. They occupy the full blockfront between
85th and 86th Streets and they are almost identical. Orwell House,
which was converted to a cooperative in 1980, is on the southwest
corner at 86th Street, and Rossleigh Court is on the northwest
corner at Central Park West.
The twin buildings were
designed by Mulliken & Moeller.
Orwell House's entrance
is relatively small and located on Central Park West while a large
metal marquee on the sidestreet leads into a suite of medical
The 13-story building, which
has 96 apartments, has a two-story, rusticated limestone base
and and a limestone and red-brick banded third story between cornice
lines. The rest of the building has a red-brick facade. The copper
cornice that is atop Rossleigh Court is missing at Orwell House.
The building has limestone quoins at the corner and also in the
middle of its Central Park West facade.The building has protruding
air-conditioners, inconsistent fenestration and no sidewalk landscaping.
It originally was the Hotel Peter Stuyvesant.
There is excellent cross-town
bus service at the corner as well as a subway station at 86th
The building, which has
a concierge and doorman, overlooks the great lawn in Central Park.
There are many attractive sidewalk cafes nearby on Columbus Avenue
at 85th Street. There is considerable traffic because 86th Street
is a two-way transverse road across Central Park. The buildings
have inconsistent fenestration, exposed rooftop watertanks, no
sundeck, no balconies and no health club.