290 Fifth Avenue

A simple but effective example of the Free Classical style, 290 Fifth Avenue (seen on the left) consists of five stories of Chicago School-style windows with the whole building effectively “framed” by a Greek Key pattern in terra cotta tile.  The ground floor has been altered, and a cornice may have been removed but neither… Continue reading

286-288 Fifth Avenue

Built in 1911, 286-288 Fifth Avenue was designed by James B. Baker, also responsible for the Presbyterian Building at 156 Fifth Avenue and the magnificent New York City Chamber of Commerce.  Despite a ludicrous travertine insertion between the two lowermost floors, 286-288 Fifth Avenue retains much its highly sculptural ornamental detailing.  

282-284 Fifth Avenue, The Wilbraham

Surviving from the earliest days of apartment house life in New York, The Wilbraham at 282-284 Fifth Avenue is a grand essay in the Richardsonian Romanesque.  Constructed in 1888-90 as an “apartment hotel”, the building was designed by David and John Jardine, a pair of Scottish American brothers who also designed a number of high-style… Continue reading

Crain’s Fourth Annual Real Estate Conference covered by David V. Griffin

We’re pleased to link to coverage of Crain’s Fourth Annual Real Estate Conference by Landmark Branding CEO David V. Griffin in the April 2, 2015 issue of Real Estate Weekly! The article covers the conference’s diverse program of panels, which ranged from affordable housing to challenges faced by the fine dining industry as commercial rents… Continue reading

281 Fifth Avenue

A classic Depression-era “taxpayer”, 281 Fifth Avenue, shown at the northern corner of its block, is slated for demolition along with its neighbor to the south at 279 Fifth Avenue.  The building may not seem noteworthy at first glance, but its Art Moderne styling is sophisticated, particularly the great curved windows, which represent an attempt… Continue reading