159-161 Fifth Avenue

A survivor from the first wave of commercial development up this part of the avenue, 159-161 Fifth Avenue (also 935-939 Broadway) is attributed to Thomas Griffith, called in 1908 by the American Institute of Architects “one of the most fashionable architects of his day”. A rare surviving commercial work from the Civil War period, 159-161… Continue reading

156 Fifth Avenue

A rare and highly finished example of the Richardsonian Romanesque, 156 Fifth Avenue is a magnificently assured work by the firm of Rowe & Baker. Constructed in 1894-1895, the building was commissioned by the Presbyterian Church of America to house its publishing offices and serve as one of two national headquarters for church operations (the… Continue reading

Real Estate Weekly article by David V. Griffin on the Zimmerman Collection

We’re pleased to link to a Real Estate Weekly article by Landmark Branding CEO & Founder David V. Griffin on architect Howard L. Zimmerman’s unique collection of architectural fragments. Including everything from a replicated Plaza Hotel balcony to an ancient salvaged water tank girder, Zimmerman’s collection attests to his firm’s versatility in dealing with restoration… Continue reading

153-157 Fifth Avenue, The Scribner Building

A Beaux Arts tour-de-force and one of architect Ernest Flagg’s extant masterpieces, 153-57 Fifth Avenue, the original Scribner Building, was constructed in 1893-1894 as the headquarters of the famed Charles Scribner’s Sons’ publishing house. Flagg’s first commercial commission, the Indiana limestone-faced building is a trove of Renaissance details (including two pert, banner-bearing cherubs above the… Continue reading

149-151 Fifth Avenue

Built in 1917-1918, 149-151 Fifth Avenue is the final building constructed on the Ladies’ Mile to designs by Robert Maynicke and represents the evolution of both the firm of Maynicke & Franke and of commercial architecture in New York. On the cusp of the Roaring Twenties the Beaux Arts style was becoming passe and Art Deco had… Continue reading