35 Fifth Avenue

35 Fifth Avenue, the former Hotel Grosvenor, is now the Samuel Rubin Residence Hall of New York University.  Built in 1925 in the Neo-Federal style it is the second of two such buildings by Schwartz & Gross on the avenue, standing diagonally to its sister design at 30 Fifth.  Novelist Willa Cather lived at the… Continue reading

33 Fifth Avenue

33 Fifth Avenue is a capable design by the little-known firm of Sussman & Hess.  Two story pillars above the first floor are mirrored at the uppermost stories.  Façade details are a restrained mix of Georgian and Federal motifs. A surety of scale saves the third broken pediment on the same block from redundancy.

30 Fifth Avenue

30 Fifth Avenue is one of two designs on Lower Fifth by Schwartz and Gross, an apartment house firm responsible for numerous landmarks on the Upper East Side and along the length of Central Park West.  Their best-known design is undoubtedly 55 Central Park West, the Art Deco apartment house that appeared in the film… Continue reading

29 Fifth Avenue

Constructed in 1925 by Sugarman and Berger, 29 Fifth Avenue suggests a taller and slightly simplified version of the townhouse it replaced: at 7 stories and 3 bays wide, it is one of the smallest apartment buildings on the avenue.  The facade of Flemish bond brick sports a broken pediment at the entry and is… Continue reading

25 Fifth Avenue

A sedate example of the Colonial Revival, 25 Fifth Avenue is typical of its block – but something of an anomaly for its architects. Rouse & Goldstone were better known for opulent and unusual buildings, such as the eccentrically shaped Riviera Apartments on Riverside Drive, or the jaw-dropping splendor of the penthouse at 1107 Fifth… Continue reading