236-238 Fifth Avenue

236-238 Fifth Avenue

Designed by Buchman & Fox in 106 and completed in 1907, 236-238 Fifth Avenue boasts a handsome double entrance flanking a period shop-front currently occupied by Ilili Restaurant.  The architecture is of a muscular Beaux Arts strain in keeping with the solid commercial buildings of the Ladies’ Mile to the south.

202 Fifth Avenue

202 Fifth Avenue

202 Fifth Avenue was the first commission of the great architect Eli Jacques Kahn, here working as a partner in the firm of Buchman & Kahn and with the Chicago firm of Zimmerman, Saxe & Zimmerman. The building is currently under renovation; we’ll take another look when the scaffolding comes down.  

200 Fifth Avenue

200 Fifth Avenue

A masterwork of the firm of Maynicke & Franke, 200 Fifth Avenue replaced the palatial Fifth Avenue Hotel, a legendary establishment that was one of the world’s first luxury hotels, boasting bathrooms in every suite and New York’s first hotel passenger elevator, Otis Tufts’ not-very-appealing-sounding “vertical screw railway”. The current building was much praised at… Continue reading

184 Fifth Avenue

184 Fifth Avenue

A demure office building clad in delicate terra-cotta, 184 Fifth Avenue’s current 1911 design replaced a previous cast iron façade which in turn had replaced a facade of brownstone…neatly summing up a century of architectural trends on one site, give or take a few extra stories. The architect of 194 Fifth Avenue, John Corey Westervelt,… Continue reading

175 – 183 Fifth Avenue, The Flatiron Building

175 - 183 Fifth Avenue, The Flatiron Building

A whole book could be written about the Flatiron Building – and one has. For the purposes of this blog it is enough to say that this masterwork of the famed Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham was originally known as the Fuller Building after the construction company that commissioned it and took on its present… Continue reading

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