12 Fifth Avenue

12 Fifth Avenue

Constructed in 1903, 12 Fifth Avenue is an ornate forerunner of the so-called “sliver” apartment houses of the later 20th century.  As architectural historian Christopher Gray notes, the building “was erected well before the patterns were set for high-rise multiple dwellings” and architect Louis Korn took a highly eclectic approach, inflating details and scale in… Continue reading

The Brevoort, 11 Fifth Avenue

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The Brevoort is one of the city’s best mid-century modern residential structures and a rare example of a named apartment building on Fifth Avenue, where most residential buildings are known solely by their address number.  Designed by Boak & Raad in 1955 and constructed of glazed beige brick, the Brevoort’s matching wings of balconies extend… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: 12 – 26 East 8th Street

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Located directly behind the looming tower of One Fifth Avenue, this surreal stretch of stucco fantasy is unique in the Village and perhaps the city. 12 – 26 East 8th Street began as a series of Greek Revival townhouses constructed in the 1820s and 1830s, similar to those that still face Washington Square North. In… Continue reading

10 Fifth Avenue

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10 Fifth Avenue is an unusual Gothic Revival brownstone dating from the first era of development north of Washington Square.  A rare example of the style applied to a townhouse, it is the only survivor of a row of four such houses constructed by Henry Brevoort in 1848 – 1849 that extended northward along the… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: 16 E. 41st Street

While the focus of this blog is the architecture of Fifth Avenue, we’ll also be visiting notable sites on the adjacent blocks.  We’d planned an entry on 16 E. 41st Street for a future date, located as it is in Midtown, but have decided in light of recent events to launch this series with this article. View… Continue reading

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