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52 Riverside Drive

Southeast corner at 77th Street

52 Riverside Drive 

52 Riverside Drive

By Carter B. Horsley

There are very few buildings with highly decorative facades in New York and this modest, midblock apartment house is one of the best.
(Some of the others are the famous Alwyn Court apartment building on the southeast corner of 58th Street and the Avenue of the Americas with its terracotta salamanders, or the Pythian apartment building on 70th Street east of Broadway with its Egyptian motifs.)
Entrance

Entrance

Located mid-block between West 77th and 78th Streets, 52 Riverside Drive is a full-service pre-war cooperative. Designed by the architecture firm Deutsch & Schneider in the neo-classical style and featuring an ornate terracotta fašade, this attractive landmarked structure was completed in 1926. The building is comprised of 47 residences on 16 stories (only 3 apartments per floor) and is served by two elevators.
Facade detail

Facade detail

This red-brick apartment house has a fabulous, three-story-high decorative and very colorful element in glazed terracotta surrounding its entrance across from Riverside Park.  The very delicate and ornate terracotta decoration occupies the center portion of the facade on Riverside Drive and is repeated, minus the entrance door, of course, on the facade near the top of the building. 

Balcony detail
Balcony detail
The entrance, which has no canopy, leads to a small vestibule with coffered ceiling and a small step-up lobby.
The building, which does not have a doorman, was  converted to a cooperative in 1984. 

The building, which has fine views of Riverside Park and the Hudson River, permits protruding air-conditioners and has and no sidewalk landscaping.  Its location is one of the most attractive and convenient along Riverside Drive.

52 Riverside Drive sidestreet elevation


            
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