2069 Fifth Avenue is a striking terra-cotta clad townhouse that brings a burst of cranky Victorian exuberance to the neighborhood. The dentilated brickwork of the off-center pediment is particularly eye-catching.
Called “one of the oddest church buildings in New York” by historian Andrew Dolkart, the astonishing Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church is a massive pile of Romanesque, Classical and High Eclectic effects that maintains a fortress-like presence on its corner. The interior is almost equally unusual; architect Thomas H. Poole designed the building in 1905-1906…. Continue reading
A trio of Edwardian survivors stand at 1411, 1413 and 1415 Fifth Avenue; 1411 is under renovation; 1413’s handsome cornice has recently been restored; while the most distinguished (and most ramshackle) of the three, 1415, still malingers. Here’s hoping its brownstone-trimmed corner turret comes back to new life in the near future.
601 Fifth Avenue, 603, Fifth Avenue and 605 Fifth Avenue are a trio of altered but still notable small commercial buildings. At the center, 603 Fifth Avenue is perhaps the best and still relatively intact above the streetscape, a buxom survivor from the neighborhood’s domestic period. Remodeled from an older brownstone in 1903 as the… Continue reading
A unique Gothic-Normandy mish-mash from Warren & Wetmore, 580 Fifth Avenue is also known as The World Diamond Tower. Located at the gateway to the block-long Diamond District on West 47th Street, it is an imposing if eccentric presence. The building is currently under renovation.