Every Building on Fifth
Designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, architects of 500 Fifth Avenue and the Empire State Building, the Arthur Brisbane Monument features a profile of the Hearst Organization editor by artist Richmond Barthe, a well-known sculptor of the period. Dedicated in 1939, three years after Brisbane’s death, it is located (rather puzzlingly) a block down the… Continue reading
Landmark Branding is pleased to hear that the Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Catalogue Room of the New York Public Library have received the rare status of New York City Designated Interior Landmarks. In this they join the building itself, the 1897-1911 Beaux Arts masterpiece of Carrere & Hastings, as well as its… Continue reading
Originally a rental building built in 1928 to designs by Emery Roth, 1200 Fifth Avenue was converted to a condominium residence in 2004. Somewhat overshadowed by the Mt. Sinai complex, it is enlivened by trickles of Spanish Renaissance ornament.
1190 Fifth Avenue houses the Mt. Sinai Executive Health Program, one of the most celebrated such in the country – save, rather obviously, for architectural reasons. A graceless hulk, it is connected to a vast and even unsightlier tower that stands behind it and which manages to completely disrupt the surrounding skyline.
An astonishing tour-de-force of red terra cotta, the Barbey Building at 15 West 38th Street was built in 1909 to designs by Delano & Aldrich, a firm better known for subdued Colonial Revival work. Here they produced a startling early skyscraper design that terminates with a vast Baroque cartouche. Despite the austere clarity of much… Continue reading