1249 Fifth Avenue, the Terence Cardinal Cooke Center

A singularly graceful Italian Renaissance design, the 1927 Terence Cardinal Cooke Center at 1249 Fifth Avenue is here seen from the Conservatory Gardens, partially covered in a restoration’s scaffolding.  Once a hospital, it is currently an assisted aid residence for elderly patients.

1216 Fifth Avenue, The New York Academy of Medicine

A spectacular design by the firm of York & Sawyer, 1216 Fifth Avenue is one of the city’s greatest Neo-Renaissance buildings.  Designed and built in 1925-1926, it houses The New York Academy of Medicine, one of the world’s preeminent medical libraries and research centers.  Open to the public, its collections include original manuscripts by Sigmund… Continue reading

969 Fifth Avenue

A pleasant if rather pedestrian building, 969 Fifth Avenue was designed in 1926 by Joseph L. Raimist and represents the then newly accepted idea that a New York City apartment was less one’s primary place of residence and more a seasonal pied-a-terre.  A Renaissance Revival pastiche, the building rises from a very narrow lot, giving… Continue reading

250-252 Fifth Avenue

Dwarfed by many of its neighbors, 250-252 Fifth Avenue often passes unnoticed; yet it is the southernmost building on the avenue to be designed by the celebrated firm of McKim, Mead & White, also responsible for the Washington Square Arch (a picture of which commences this blog) and for numerous major landmarks through the city… Continue reading

208 Fifth Avenue

An accomplished Renaissance Revival design from the firm of Berg & Clark, 208 Fifth Avenue was completed in 1894 and was one of the first commercial buildings in the MoMad district. Berg & Clark are perhaps best known for the now-demolished Gillender Building, a striking 1897 skyscraper that stood at Nassau and Wall Street and… Continue reading