corner at 77th Street
52 Riverside Drive
By Carter B.
There are very few buildings with
highly decorative facades in New York and this modest, midblock
is one of the best.
of the others are the famous
Alwyn Court apartment building on the southeast corner of 58th Street
Avenue of the Americas with its terracotta salamanders, or the Pythian
apartment building on 70th Street east of Broadway with its Egyptian
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.
This red-brick apartment house has a
fabulous, three-story-high decorative and very colorful element in
terracotta surrounding its entrance across from Riverside Park. The very delicate and ornate terracotta
occupies the center portion of the facade on Riverside Drive and is
minus the entrance door, of course, on the facade near the top of the
entrance, which has no canopy,
leads to a small vestibule with coffered ceiling and a small step-up
building, which does not have a
doorman, was converted to a cooperative in 1984.
which has fine views
of Riverside Park and the Hudson River, permits protruding
has and no sidewalk landscaping. Its
location is one of the most attractive and convenient along Riverside