123 Fifth Avenue, The Sittenham Building

One of my favorite buildings on this stretch of Fifth, the Sittenham Building at 123 Fifth Avenue is a brownstone residence converted to commercial use. The upper stores are a pleasant but unremarkable façade that was applied in 1926 – where the building really sings is at the shop front, a high-style Neo-Parisian confection installed… Continue reading

122-124 Fifth Avenue

A T-shaped structure with addresses on both 17th and 18th streets, 122-124 Fifth Avenue was built in 1889-1900. This Robert Maynicke design established the rusticated base continued to the south by the later building at 118 Fifth Avenue. The spacious Greek Revival Doric-columned entryway is a distinctive touch. The building is currently the headquarters of… Continue reading

119-121 Fifth Avenue

Developed as an annex to the original store for Lord & Taylor, 119-121 Fifth Avenue is a richly ornamented design by John H. Duncan. Constructed as in 1905, the building was connected via bridges to Lord & Taylor’s prior annexes at 4 East 20th Street and 129-131 Fifth Avenue. An attic frieze of trophy panels… Continue reading

118 Fifth Avenue

Designed by John B. Snook & Sons in 1905, 118 Fifth Avenue is a handsome essay in the heavily modeled Beaux Arts work derived from Italian rather than French sources. Interestingly, the rustication of the first three stories blends in – and was designed to exactly match – that of 122 Fifth Avenue directly to… Continue reading

114 Fifth Avenue

A work by the firm of Maynicke & Franke, 114 Fifth Avenue was built in 1909. The detailing is restrained: the delicate balconies echo those at the Constable Building across the street.  At 18 stores, it is one of the taller buildings in the district.   Maynicke & Franke is the partnership that included the prolific… Continue reading