391 Fifth Avenue

A sensible Beaux Arts building with an altered ground floor, 391 Fifth Avenue is notable as a surviving work by the architect Randolph H. Almiroty whose most famed building in New York City was undoubtedly the recently demolished Rizzoli’s bookstore, originally designed for the Sohmer Piano Company. 391 Fifth Avenue is at least extant but its current condition, like that of 390 Fifth Avenue across the street, is testament to the unsuitability of renovating ground floors in incompatible styles.

The butchered Corinthian pilaster at the street corner is particularly awkward.

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