1 West 129th Street, also known as 2100 Fifth Avenue, is an ungainly PoMo design; its value is social, rather than architectural, as it provides affordable housing for New Yorkers with autism and developmental disabilities.
A design that manages to be both garish and dull, 1468 Fifth Avenue, also known as Victory One, was built in 1998. It contains 110 apartments for low-income seniors.
8 West 118th Street, also known as the the Canaan House Residential Project, is a striking example of the Corbusier-influenced aesthetic that informed much of social housing in the United States during the decades following WWII.
The Senator Robert A. Taft Houses face the Martin Luther King Houses over Fifth Avenue for a three-block stretch between 1345 and 1395 Fifth Avenue. Constructed in 1964 as low-income housing, they may appear bleak to contemporary eyes but have provided homes to generations of New Yorkers since their completion. DeYoung, Moskowitz & Rosenberg were… Continue reading
A robustly handsome pair of towers finished off in the rough-treated “corduroy” concrete beloved of Brutalist architects, the Arthur A. Schomburg Plaza, also known as 1295 Fifth Avenue, were completed in 1975 as mixed income housing. Architects Gruzen & Partners, working with Casto-Blanco, Piscioneri & Feder, produced a pair of 35-story octagonal towers that are… Continue reading