In contrast to its neighbor at 222 Fifth, 224 Fifth Avenue is a crass Po-Mo disaster, resembling the tiled interior of an airport lounge men’s room turned inside out.
Another conversion from a brownstone, 138 Fifth Avenue has a pleasant late Post-WWII stucco façade and details that suggest the Craftsman movement. The wooden window frames are an unusual feature. The original house was constructed in the 1840s and first converted for commercial use in 1886. The modillioned roof cornice may date from a further… Continue reading
Referred to in the Landmark Preservation Commission’s designation report for the Ladies’ Mile Historic District as a “taxpayer,” 136 Fifth Avenue is all that remains after a 1960 fire destroyed a previously modified brownstone townhouse. At the time that the Ladies’ Mile Historic District was designated, the still extant one-story building sported an aluminum façade… Continue reading
Po-faced PoMo sums up 106-108 Fifth Avenue. The intriguing and rather handsome mansard roof may reference a similar feature on the 19th century structure 106-108 Fifth Avenue replaced, but the flimsy-looking balconies compromise the building’s overall proportions and the setback from the streetscape seems less a gracious gesture and more the act of a wallflower. … Continue reading