Just Off Fifth: 7 East 72nd Street

In complete contrast to its white brick neighbor at 912 Fifth Avenue, the Jennings Mansion at 7 East 72nd Street is an eye-popping catalogue of Beaux Arts architecture at its most unconstrained.  Built in 1898 for Oliver Jennings, 7 East 72nd Street was designed by Ernest Flagg, whose best-known remaining New York building is the… Continue reading

597 Fifth Avenue, The Charles Scribner & Sons Building

The Charles Scribner’s Sons Building at 597 Fifth Avenue is one of Midtown’s best surviving commercial buildings from the early 20th century.  Designed in 1912 by Ernest Flagg, architect of the Little Singer Building on Broadway and an earlier building for Scribner’s at 153-157 Fifth Avenue, 597 Fifth Avenue is a virtuoso melding of Parisian… Continue reading

153-157 Fifth Avenue, The Scribner Building

A Beaux Arts tour-de-force and one of architect Ernest Flagg’s extant masterpieces, 153-57 Fifth Avenue, the original Scribner Building, was constructed in 1893-1894 as the headquarters of the famed Charles Scribner’s Sons’ publishing house. Flagg’s first commercial commission, the Indiana limestone-faced building is a trove of Renaissance details (including two pert, banner-bearing cherubs above the… Continue reading