Every Building on Fifth

1165 Fifth Avenue

1165 Fifth Avenue

Another design by J.E.R Carpenter, 1165 Fifth Avenue was built in 1925.  Its nearly exact duplicate, by the same architect, stands directly across the street, lending an odd mirror-image atmosphere to East 88th Street.

Just Off Fifth: The Cathedral of St. Nicholas at 15 East 97th Street

St. Nicholas Cathedral

One of the most flamboyant ecclesiastic structures in Manhattan, the small but elaborately massed Cathedral of St. Nicholas at 15 East 97th Street brings an unexpected echo of the Arbat to the Upper East Side.  Criticized when built as “ugly and freakish” by the architectural critic Montgomery Schuyler, it is at least as striking as… Continue reading

1160 Fifth Avenue

1160 Fifth Avenue

An unusually small apartment building by present-day standards, 1160 Fifth Avenue reflects the zoning that characterized the Upper East Side before 1923, when the structure was erected. A pleasant Adamesque design, 1160 Fifth Avenue is the work of the Fred F. French company, who were noted for far more ebullient projects, including the Tudor City… Continue reading

1158 Fifth Avenue

1158 Fifth Avenue

1158 Fifth Avenue is one of the most architecturally distinguished of the apartment houses that face Fifth north of 96th Street.  A handsome structure designed by Crane & Franzheim, the building features one of the city’s most ornate lobbies, an octagonal room sumptuously decorated with Adamesque plasterwork. The partnership of C. Howard Crane and Kenneth… Continue reading

Fifth Avenue North of 96th Street

Fifth Avenue North of 96th Street

As historian Carter Horsley points out, while 96th Street marks the unofficial edge of the Upper East Side, its architectural character in fact continues on Fifth Avenue all the way to 110th Street, the northern border of Central Park.  The Museum Mile continues through this district, which is also the location of several of the… Continue reading

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