166 Fifth Avenue

Along with its neighbor to the south, 166 Fifth Avenue was built on the site of one of two mansions owned by Mrs. Margaret Hardenbergh Budd, a prominent society figure of 19th century New York. When Mrs. Budd vacated Fifth Avenue for an apartment near Central Park, she developed her property, hiring the Parffit Brothers… Continue reading

164 Fifth Avenue

A 1918 design by the great department store architects Starrett & van Vleck, 164 Fifth Avenue is an elegantly framed composition that suggests an abstracted triumphal arch. The fourth floor is a later addition. 164 Fifth Avenue was for a time tenanted by the Knights of Pythias, who moved here in the 1970s from their… Continue reading

162 Fifth Avenue, the Union Exchange Building

A typically accomplished design from the architectural firm of Buchanan & Fox, 162 Fifth Avenue’s boldly scaled cornice and extensive stonework are notable features. The building is on the site of the fourth clubhouse of the Union Club, one of New York’s oldest and most exclusive private clubs. Despite the seeming pun, 162 Fifth Avenue itself takes… Continue reading

160 Fifth Avenue, The Mohawk Building

A solid example of the late commercial style of architecture, 160 Fifth Avenue was designed by the popular and prolific architect R.H. Robertson, whose work includes numerous townhouses, mansions, public buildings and commercial works, including the enormous Park Row Building of 1899, the tallest building in the world for nearly a decade; Hammersmith Farms, the… Continue reading