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190 Riverside Drive

Northeast corner at 91st Street


190 Riverside Drive

190 Riverside Drive

 By Carrter B. Horsley

This very handsome, 11-story apartment building ay 190 Riverside Drive on the northeast corner at 91st Street was erected in 1908 and converted to a condominium in 1999. 

The building, which has many protected views of Riverside Drive and the Hudson River, has an impressive, 3-story, rusticated limestone base and extensive sidewalk landscaping.  It is just north of the Soldier and Sailor's Memorial at 89th Street.

Sidestreet entrance

Sidestreet entrance

Its massing is nicely modulated between the third and 10th floors by piers that contain three windows each, two of which are angled.  The building also sports an attractive cornice and a balustrated balcony above its second floor.

One of the most attractive, pre-war apartment buildings in the city, the building has high ceilings and many bay windows.

The building was bought from Roman Sherer in 1996 by Property Markets Group for $7 million, which renovated its apartments that feature paneled living and dining rooms, 10-foot-high ceilings and decorative plasterwork.  The renovation work is in many instances restoring the original layouts of two apartments per floor of more than 3,300 square feet each. 

The building has no health club and no garage.

One of the city's best private schools, Trinity School, is a few blocks to the east on 91st Street and there are many restaurants and stores nearby on Broadway. 

There is good bus service on Riverside Drive and Broadway but the nearest cross-town bus service is on 86th and 96th Streets where there are also subway stations.

Designed in a Neo-Renaissance architectural style with a rusticated limestone base and rhythmic facade of bay windows, Riverside Drive is a pet friendly, boutique condominium with a full-time doorman, garage, storage, bike room, and live-in superintendent.

It was designed by Ralph S. Townsend of Townsend, Steinle & Haskell who also designed the Kenilworth on Central Park West, 425 and 640 West End Avenue, 38 and 46 West 9th Street and the fire escapes on the front of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen at 20 West 44th Street.

It has 51 apartments and a doorman, a resident manager, a gum, and on-site self-parking.

In his September 5, 1999 “Streetscapes” column in The New York Times Christopher Gray wrote that in this building Mr. Townsend “ironed out the flamboyant Victorianism seen in the Kenilworth and left only the suave Renaissance assurance comparable to contemporary town house designs,”  adding that ‘the limestone trim and sophisticated lobby decoration are rare for a West Side apartment house.”

The building, which has many protected views of Riverside Drive and the Hudson River, has an impressive, 3-story, rusticated limestone base and extensive sidewalk landscaping. Its massing is nicely modulated between the third and 10th floors by limestone-clad piers that contain three windows each, two of which are angled. There are two piers along Riverside Drive and three on the side-street.

Lobby

Lobby

The building, which has quoins, also sports an attractive cornice and a balustraded balcony above its second floor. It has a two-step-up entrance that leads though glass entrance doors to a very handsome and large lobby with an elevated and balustraded second level.

Apartment 7/8A is a 5-bedroom duplex unit with a 30-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 21-foot-long living room with a fireplace and an adjacent sun room, a 13-foot-long office, a 14-foot-long library and a 20-foot-long dining room with four windows that leads to a 25-foot-long kitchen.

Apartment 9A is a four-bedroom unit that has an 8-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 18-foot-long gallery that opens onto a 16-foot-long library, a 23-foot-long living room with a bay window and a decorative fireplace next to a 21-foot-long dining room with a decorative fireplace and a 7-foot-long solarium office. The apartment also has a 26-foot-long butler’s pantry and a 19-foot-long eat-in kitchen.

penthouse

Penthouse

       Apartment 11C is a three-bedroom unit with a 10-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 19-foot-long gallery that opens onto a 22-foot-long living room with a corner wood-burning fireplace next to 15-foot-long library and a 15-foot-long media room.  The 17-foot-long dining room connects to a 17-foot-long, eat-in kitchen and a 32-foot-long hallway to a master bedroom with a gas-burning fireplace.  The apartment also has a 10-foot-long staff room. 

 

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