1261 Fifth Avenue, The Lott Residence

1261 Fifth Avenue

An assisted care facility, the Lott Residence at 1261 Fifth Avenue is a not-entirely unsuccessful attempt at contextualism.

1255 Fifth Avenue

1255 Fifth Avenue

A pleasant Beaux Arts building, 1255 Fifth Avenue was built in 1925.  The penthouse came later, rather obviously. The building is H-shaped, arranged around a light-well.  This is not immediately evident from Fifth Avenue.

1250 Fifth Avenue, Lakeview Apartments

1270 Fifth Apartment

One has to stretch a point and call the placid little Harlem Meer a lake for the name of this heap of concrete to make what little sense it does.  Arranged as a series of towers that fill its block, Lakeview Apartments has at least the virtue of an unflinching commitment to its style, in… Continue reading

Harlem Meer and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Harlem Meer

A pleasant water feature of Central Park, the Harlem Meer was not part of the original plans; Vaux & Olmstead’s 1858 design stopped at 106th Street.  The Meer was created in the 1860s to drain a belt of swampy country that formed a boundary between New York and the then still-suburban village of Harlem; the… Continue reading

1249 Fifth Avenue, the Terence Cardinal Cooke Center

1249 Fifth Avenue

A singularly graceful Italian Renaissance design, the 1927 Terence Cardinal Cooke Center at 1249 Fifth Avenue is here seen from the Conservatory Gardens, partially covered in a restoration’s scaffolding.  Once a hospital, it is currently an assisted aid residence for elderly patients.

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