912 Fifth Avenue

912 Fifth Avenue is a restrained design from the firm of Schwartz & Gross whose better known and far more flamboyant Art Deco creations include 55 Central Park West, the apartment house featured in “Ghostbusters”.

2 East 67th Street aka 856 Fifth Avenue

A handsome limestone design by Rosario Candela, 2 East 67th Street was completed in 1928.  The façade incorporates an upper-level loggia, a device associated with the Italian Renaissance and not commonly seen in New York City. During construction, the developer was engaged in a lawsuit with a neighbor over who had the rights to the… Continue reading

One East 66th Street

One East 66th Street is the first building on upper Fifth Avenue to dispense with the fiction of an actual avenue address.  A bit of an oddity, the not-quite-Art Deco structure was the last design of the great Rosario Candelo, who completed it in 1930 – yet the building itself was not begun until 1947,… Continue reading

4 East 66th Street/845 Fifth Avenue

A conservative but well-proportioned building, 4 East 66th Street, also known as 845 Fifth Avenue, was designed by J.E.R. Carpenter in 1920.  Carpenter was at the front of new zoning changes for this stretch of Fifth Avenue, bringing a lawsuit against the city that resulted in the widespread development of the Upper East Side with… Continue reading

282-284 Fifth Avenue, The Wilbraham

Surviving from the earliest days of apartment house life in New York, The Wilbraham at 282-284 Fifth Avenue is a grand essay in the Richardsonian Romanesque.  Constructed in 1888-90 as an “apartment hotel”, the building was designed by David and John Jardine, a pair of Scottish American brothers who also designed a number of high-style… Continue reading