1130 Fifth Avenue

1130 Fifth Avenue the Straight Mansion

Possibly the finest Colonial Revival house in New York, Delano & Aldrich’s Willard Straight Mansion at 1130 Fifth Avenue was completed in 1913 and shows the firm at its very best in terms of mixing a classical vocabulary with a fresh sense of scale and juxtaposition.  The porthole windows along the uppermost floor are especially… Continue reading

807 Fifth Avenue, The Knickerbocker Club

The Knickerbocker Club

A block north of the Metropolitan Club, the Knickerbocker Club is worlds away in terms of design, aesthetics and reputation.  One of the city’s most exclusive clubs, the Knickerbocker is housed in an austere yet roomy Delano & Aldrich Colonial Revival design of 1913. Simple, gracious interiors are visible through tall Federal-style windows.  A small… Continue reading

535 Fifth Avenue, The Ruppert Building

535 Fifth Avenue

A subdued work that suggests the Colonial Revival writ extra large, 535 Fifth Avenue, the Ruppert Building, was designed by H. Craig Severance in 1930.  It is one of three similarly proportioned buildings on its side of Fifth Avenue, neighbored by the Lefcourt Building to the south and the Fred F. French Building to the… Continue reading

330 Fifth Avenue, The Astor Building

330 Fifth Avenue, The Astor Building

A typically restrained work by an architect famed for his country houses, 330 Fifth Avenue, The Astor Building, was built in 1926 to plans by Charles Adams Platt for the Astor Family.  New windows have somewhat obscured the prim elegance of the original Colonial Revival design. In addition to his work as an architect, Platt… Continue reading

319 Fifth Avenue

319 Fifth Avenue II

The polite and well-tended little Colonial Revival building at 319 Fifth Avenue was built in 1917 and makes an interesting contrast to the opulence of the Kaskel Building located cater-corner – to say nothing of 321 Fifth directly to the north. The building stands on the site of the original Knickerbocker Club, now located further… Continue reading

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