2 East 70th Street

An elegant 1928 design by Rosario Candela, here working with the firm of Walker & Gillette, 2 East 70th Street replaced the Blair Mansion by Carrere & Hastings, a vast marble pile only 9 years old at the time of demolition.  Candela’s building patterned itself after the previous structure, which had been designed to complement… Continue reading

875 Fifth Avenue

Another very late Art Moderne building, 875 Fifth Avenue was designed by Emory Roth, who was responsible for many of Central Park West’s most dramatic apartment houses. Perhaps leery of gilding the lily for his Fifth Avenue clientele, Roth restrained himself to a few deft touches, including the use of glass block for the water… Continue reading

880 Fifth Avenue

Dating to 1948 and the first building to be completed on Fifth Avenue after WWII, 880 Fifth Avenue was also the last design on Fifth by Emery Roth.  Echoing the style of Roth’s 975 Fifth Avenue directly across the street, 880 Fifth Avenue provided a similar degree of luxurious finishes with a more open-plan oriented… Continue reading

870 Fifth Avenue

An understated late Art Moderne design, 870 Fifth Avenue was designed by William I. Hohauser and completed in 1949.  While not up to the lively architectural standard of the architect’s many hotels in Miami, 870 Fifth Avenue fills out the street-wall nicely and is a good neighbor overall.

860 Fifth Avenue

Far more sedate than its whimsical neighbor to the south, 860 Fifth Avenue was constructed in 1950. Designed by Sylvan Bien, the building incorporates recessed balconies and is capped off with a handsome water tank enclosure.