The Brevoort, 11 Fifth Avenue
The Brevoort is one of the city’s best mid-century modern residential structures and a rare example of a named apartment building on Fifth Avenue, where most residential buildings are known solely by their address number. Designed by Boak & Raad in 1955 and constructed of glazed beige brick, the Brevoort’s matching wings of balconies extend towards the street to frame a semi-circular drive. Murals in the lobby by American Regionalist artist Paul Starrett Sample depict scenes from colonial-era Manhattan.
Unexpected details abound (a plaque commemorating a house on the site once frequented by Mark Twain; a sweeping aluminum canopy that features the building’s name in marquee-like letters) but they never overwhelm the sensible and dignified tone.
The building has recently undergone a major energy efficiency program that has resulted in its being one of the greenest buildings of its class in New York.