277 Fifth Avenue

A charming example of Beaux Arts commercial architecture, 277 Fifth Avenue is clad in gleaming limestone and terra cotta.  It was the New York location of Kate Reily, a noted British dressmaker who also had a US location in Chicago. Her designs included such creations as “white silk dresses edged with otter fur” worn with “mouse-colored… Continue reading

271, 273 & 275 Fifth Avenue

The brownstones at 271, 273 and 275 Fifth Avenue are among the last survivors of their type on Fifth Avenue – although it seems that they will not remain much longer.  273 and 275 Fifth are evidently slated for demolition and what will become of the remaining house at 271 Fifth is anybody’s guess. Along with their… Continue reading

270 Fifth Avenue, Holland House

Constructed as the Holland House in 1890, 270 Fifth Avenue is one of the grandest such survivors from the period that saw the brownstone houses of Nomad replaced by no less opulent hotels.  Designed by Harding & Gooch, 270 Fifth Avenue was intended to suggest the external restraint associated with the earlier domestic buildings while… Continue reading

267 Fifth Avenue

Site of the elegant Calumet Club, 267 Fifth Avenue is a suave design of 1916 by Starrett and van Vleck.  The remains of the rooftop pergola surmount a penthouse event space.

Just Off Fifth: The Bancroft Building’s Demolition

Landmark Branding was disappointed to learn of the current demolition of the Bancroft Building, former home of the great photographer Alfred Steiglitz’s Camera Club and a notable design from the talented 19th and early 20th century architect R. H. Robertson. Shown here directly abutting Marble Collegiate Church to the east, this splendid structure could have… Continue reading