Every Building on Fifth

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

24 Fifth Avenue

Breaking with the red brick architecture that dominates these blocks, 24 Fifth Avenue is an elaborate confection of Spanish Renaissance-inspired terra cotta. Architect Emery Roth’s great Central Park West buildings include the twin and triple-towered fantasies of the San Remo and the Beresford: in comparison to those structures, 24 Fifth is almost subdued.  In comparison… Continue reading

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