74 Fifth Avenue

A 1910 work by the firm of Maynicke & Franke, 74 Fifth Avenue is a capable design by the architects who also produced 55 Fifth Avenue and the studio houses at 12-26 East 8th Street. Decorative details suggest a take on Secessionist motifs. The building has been converted to residential use.

55 Fifth Avenue

Built as the Hotel Grovesnor, 55 Fifth Avenue currently houses a mix of office space and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for Yeshiva University.  Designed by the firm of Maynicke and Franke and completed in 1910, it is the tallest commercial building south of 14th Street at 19 floors.  A classic steel skeleton… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: 12 – 26 East 8th Street

Located directly behind the looming tower of One Fifth Avenue, this surreal stretch of stucco fantasy is unique in the Village and perhaps the city. 12 – 26 East 8th Street began as a series of Greek Revival townhouses constructed in the 1820s and 1830s, similar to those that still face Washington Square North. In… Continue reading