43 Fifth Avenue

43 Fifth Avenue is Fifth Avenue’s sole example of the high-style flamboyant Beaux Arts apartment houses – such as the Dorilton and the Ansonia – that dominate Central Park West and the Upper West Side.  Subdued in comparison to those structures, 43 Fifth still boasts an impressive array of French Second Empire details, including a cannonball-studded “dry moat” surround, copper-clad bay windows and one of the city’s steepest mansard roofs (recently restored).

Architect Henry Andersen also designed the former Walsh Mansion in Washington, DC, now the Embassy for the Republic of Indonesia; that structure and 43 Fifth are perhaps his most significant surviving designs.

The building was the home of the villainous Hugh Grant character in Woody Allen’s film Small Time Crooks.

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