Just Off Fifth: 15 and 17 East 128th Street

15 and 17 East 128th Street are a charming pair of neighbors, with the former’s Italianate detailing a catalogue of Neo-Grec effects and the latter surviving as one of New York’s earliest surviving houses in the French Second Empire style.

2069 Fifth Avenue

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.

Just Off Fifth: 12-24 West 120th Street

The townhouses that line 12-24 West 120th Street were probably erected as a speculative development.  Built with red brick and brownstone trim, the style is an eclectic mixture of Neo-Grec and Queen Anne details.

1441-1459 Fifth Avenue

An attractive row of townhouses that fills the block between 117th and 118th Streets, 1441-1459 Fifth Avenue are the first such buildings developed on Fifth Avenue since the early 20th century.  A mix of simple Italianate and Greek Revival influences, they are one of several similar developments in the neighborhood, particularly those blocks between Park… Continue reading

1083 Fifth Avenue

Until earlier this year, 1083 Fifth Avenue was the home of the National Academy Museum, an affiliate of the National Academy of Art, the nation’s oldest art school; the building is currently for sale, along with two sister properties on East 89th Street. A graceful design by Ogden Codman Jr., the present façade replaces an… Continue reading