Standing at 9-11 West 124th Street, the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library is one of the numerous handsome branch libraries erected by the organization in the years during the construction of its main building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. An elegant design by McKim, Mead & White, it balances austere detail… Continue reading
A rather battered Beaux Arts survivor, 1469 Fifth Avenue has been shorn of its cornice and studded with cell phone equipment but remains a solid example of a middle-class apartment building of its era.
Built in 1911, 1421 Fifth Avenue is the first church on Fifth north of 110th Street and was at the time of its completion known as the Mt. Morris Theatre – the only theater on Fifth Avenue. Designed by Hoppen & Koen, a firm best known in New York for the monumental Police Headquarters in… Continue reading
A pleasant Beaux Arts building, 1255 Fifth Avenue was built in 1925. The penthouse came later, rather obviously. The building is H-shaped, arranged around a light-well. This is not immediately evident from Fifth Avenue.
J.E.R. Carpenter’s design for 1170 Fifth Avenue simply reverses the details and entrance of 1165 Fifth Avenue, directly across the street. The building was built in 1926, a year later than its “twin”.