1109 Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Museum

The oldest still extant Jewish museum, the first one established in the Unites States and the largest collection of art by Jewish artists and artifacts pertaining to Jewish culture outside of Israel, the Jewish Museum is housed in the magnificent Warburg Mansion, another Chateauesque tour-de-force from C.P.H. Gilbert, whose Ukrainian Institute is houses in a… Continue reading

1067 Fifth Avenue

One of the avenue’s most remarkable apartment buildings, 1067 Fifth Avenue is only the second such structure to have been built facing the park on Fifth (the first being McKim, Mead & White’s 998 Fifth Avenue, a few blocks to the south). Designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, 1067 Fifth Avenue is the Upper East Side’s only… Continue reading

2 East 79th Street, The Ukrainian Institute of America

The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion at 2 East 79th Street was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, whose nearby 3 East 78th Street helped set the tone for the Cook Block overall. An exemplary work in the Chateauesque style, the house is an inventive mixture of French Gothic and early Renaissance elements reinterpreted for a New York townhouse; invented… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: 3 East 78th Street, The Cogswell Mansion

The first building to join the original Cook Mansion on its block, the Cogswell Mansion at 3 East 78th Street was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, whose Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion stands nearby at Fifth Avenue and East 79th Street.  One of the city’s great Chateauesque style houses, it was constructed in 1889 for Edmund Converse Cogswell who… Continue reading

730 Fifth Avenue, The Crown Building

A spectacular design by Warren & Wetmore, architects of Grand Central Terminal, the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue and West 57th Street is a neo-Baroque delight.  The ornate tower, brilliantly illuminated at night, is visible the length of Fifth Avenue from the north and serves as a distinctive gateway to Midtown from the Central… Continue reading