The last building on the avenue with a NoMad address, 350 Fifth Avenue, better known as the Empire State Building, is the largest and arguably the greatest of New York’s classic Art Deco skyscrapers. A masterpiece of massing by architects Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, the design is admirably austere, rising in sleek setbacks to a (never-used)… Continue reading
Stripped of much of its original ornament, 349 Fifth Avenue survives as a rather muted example of New York’s take on Secessionist architecture. The original design was completed in 1904.
We’re pleased to have been asked by the real estate news source Bisnow for our favorite historic Brooklyn multi-family buildings! Click here for Scott Klocksin’s piece with pictures of such classics as the Alhambra Apartments in Bed-Stuy and 47 Plaza Street West in Park Slope. Pictured above is one that didn’t make the cut – 129… Continue reading
A heavily ornate design by Maynicke & Franke, 341-347 Fifth Avenue was completed in 1907. The contrast of limestone carvings and red brick suggests the much larger Brunswick Building at 213-231 Fifth Avenue at Madison Square.
A wonderfully sophisticated commercial building, 335-339 Fifth Avenue was designed by the firm of Renwick, Aspinwall & Russell, successors to the firm of James Renwick Jr., designer of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Commissioned by the carriage (and later automobile) design firm of A.T. Demarest, the 1889 building boasted the first electrically powered elevator in the world and… Continue reading