The Knickerbocker Building, 79-83 Fifth Avenue

79 Fifth Avenue, The Knickerbocker Building

A behemoth clad in limestone, brick, and terra cotta, The Knickerbocker Building at 79-83 Fifth Avenue features ornament derived from highly stylized and over-scaled Renaissance and Viennese Secessionist forms. Designed by Albert S. Gottlieb, it was built for Jacob Rothschild, Jr.; it was widely praised in its time for its up-to-the-minute mix of functions, fireproofing… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: 37 East 12th Street

Kentshire Building 37 E. 12th Street

The renowned Kentshire Galleries has recently sold its spectacular building at 37 East 12th Street in a record-breaking $26 million all-cash transaction through Massey Knakal. A location noted for antiques and bookstores, including the beloved Strand bookstore at the northeast corner of Broadway, East 12th Street is a stretch of some of the best late 19th… Continue reading

The Kensington Building, 73 Fifth Avenue

73 Fifth Avenue

A lavishly decorated building, the L-shaped Kensington Building at 73 Fifth Avenue was developed as a showpiece for the Richman Realty & Construction Company by architect Samuel Sass in 1906.  Notable for its fireproof construction, the building was marketed specifically to businesses seeking a luxurious and visually striking address.  Early tenants included Milton Bradley Publishing… Continue reading

71 Fifth Avenue

71 Fifth Avenue

71 Fifth Avenue is a sophisticated 1906 design by Charles Volz.  Its strong cubistic proportions are heightened by an abstract approach to decoration, with the ornament being reduced to crisp lines of delineation. Not much is known of Volz, but judging from this building, he had a sure grasp of the potential of the coming… Continue reading

The Milano School, 72 Fifth Avenue

72 Fifth Avenue

The oldest commercial work on Fifth Avenue south of 14th Street, 72 Fifth Avenue is also arguably the most inventive.  The overall scheme follows the example of the great 19th century architect Henry Hobson Richardson, whose highly individualistic revival of the Romanesque led to the recognition of an eponymous style: the Richardsonian Romanesque.  Yet the structure also incorporates… Continue reading

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