286-288 Fifth Avenue

Built in 1911, 286-288 Fifth Avenue was designed by James B. Baker, also responsible for the Presbyterian Building at 156 Fifth Avenue and the magnificent New York City Chamber of Commerce.  Despite a ludicrous travertine insertion between the two lowermost floors, 286-288 Fifth Avenue retains much its highly sculptural ornamental detailing.  

Just Off Fifth: The Bancroft Building’s Demolition

Landmark Branding was disappointed to learn of the current demolition of the Bancroft Building, former home of the great photographer Alfred Steiglitz’s Camera Club and a notable design from the talented 19th and early 20th century architect R. H. Robertson. Shown here directly abutting Marble Collegiate Church to the east, this splendid structure could have… Continue reading

255 Fifth Avenue

Designed by the architectural firm of Eisendrath & Horowitz, 255 Fifth Avenue replaced two brownstone houses with a sophisticated screen-like façade of gleaming white terra cotta that references Classical motifs while incorporating the windows and proportions of the new Chicago School.  The lower floors have been remodeled. Eisendrath & Horowitz are perhaps best known for… Continue reading

236-238 Fifth Avenue

Designed by Buchman & Fox in 106 and completed in 1907, 236-238 Fifth Avenue boasts a handsome double entrance flanking a period shop-front currently occupied by Ilili Restaurant.  The architecture is of a muscular Beaux Arts strain in keeping with the solid commercial buildings of the Ladies’ Mile to the south.

202 Fifth Avenue

202 Fifth Avenue was the first commission of the great architect Eli Jacques Kahn, here working as a partner in the firm of Buchman & Kahn and with the Chicago firm of Zimmerman, Saxe & Zimmerman. The building is currently under renovation; we’ll take another look when the scaffolding comes down.