75 Fifth Avenue

By all rights, 75 Fifth Avenue should be one of the best buildings on the Avenue – a full street wall of façade-width balconies.  Yet crude materials, indifferent proportions and bare bones-detailing conspire to make this 1983 apartment house a flimsy-looking, dreary and crass interruption of the district.

It is interesting to speculate on what the great 19th century architects Louis Sullivan or Willis Polk would have done with this idea: what the city got resembles a cutaway view of a prison block.

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