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