The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

Church of the Ascension

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

1411, 1413 and 1415 Fifth Avenue

1411 1413 and 1415 Fifth Avenue

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

601 & 603 & 605 Fifth Avenue

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

580 Fifth Avenue, The World Diamond Tower

580 Fifth Avenue The World Diamond Building

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.

431, 433 & 435 Fifth Avenue

431, 433 & 435 Fifth Avenue

A pleasant collection of small commercial buildings, 431, 433 and 435 Fifth Avenue represent the avenue’s high standard of architecture during the early 20th Century. 433 Fifth Avenue is of particular interest, having been designed in 1911 by Harry Allan Jacobs as the Hardman Pianos Building.  Although the charming loggia on the second floor has… Continue reading

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