Every Building on Fifth

20 Fifth Avenue

Designed by Boak & Paris, 20 Fifth Avenue is a transitional work for the district, completed in 1939 when few large-scale luxury dwellings were being constructed in the city.  Its architecture represents an intriguing inter-period mix of jazz-era historicism and the post-war functionalism to come. Details are heavily Neo-Classical, but applied to a surprisingly dynamic… Continue reading

14 Fifth Avenue

The first of Fifth Avenue’s architectural duds, 14 Fifth is all that remains of the two northernmost Gothic Revival brownstone houses constructed by Henry Brevoort, now combined into one apartment building. All original details have been removed and a dull stucco façade replaces the design still visible at 10 Fifth. An ambitious developer might consider partial… Continue reading

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

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

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