126-128 Fifth Avenue

Another Robert Maynicke design, 126-128 Fifth Avenue is a rather battered example of the architect’s work, as the original windows on Fifth Avenue have been altered and the building’s cornice removed. Given the taste for restoration of period details, it is possible these missing elements may be replicated in the future: for now, 126-128 Fifth… Continue reading

122-124 Fifth Avenue

A T-shaped structure with addresses on both 17th and 18th streets, 122-124 Fifth Avenue was built in 1889-1900. This Robert Maynicke design established the rusticated base continued to the south by the later building at 118 Fifth Avenue. The spacious Greek Revival Doric-columned entryway is a distinctive touch. The building is currently the headquarters of… Continue reading

114 Fifth Avenue

A work by the firm of Maynicke & Franke, 114 Fifth Avenue was built in 1909. The detailing is restrained: the delicate balconies echo those at the Constable Building across the street.  At 18 stores, it is one of the taller buildings in the district.   Maynicke & Franke is the partnership that included the prolific… Continue reading

110 Fifth Avenue, The Judge Building

Along with the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street, the Judge Building at 110 Fifth Avenue is probably the most significant skyscraper on the Ladies’ Mile. Designed by the world-renowned firm of McKim, Mead & White in an attempt to match the dramatic structural qualities of Classical Roman architecture, the Judge Building was built in 1888 and… Continue reading

105 Fifth Avenue, the Folio Building

A handsomely detailed 11-story building with terracotta trim, the Folio Building at 105 Fifth Avenue is another work by the prolific Robert Maynicke, here working in a sober-sided but gracious Beaux Arts mode. The aptly-named building is the original location of the Barnes & Noble chain of bookstores; the largest retail bookseller in the US,… Continue reading