683-685 Fifth Avenue

Formerly two very different buildings, 683-685 Fifth Avenue were originally the Art Deco Dorothy Gray Building at 683 Fifth Avenue, designed in 1929 by Kohn & Butler, and Sloan & Robertson’s Beaux Arts 685 Fifth Avenue of 1926.  At some point the latter design enveloped its neighbor. The original buildings can be seen standing together… Continue reading

551 Fifth Avenue, The Fred F. French Building

One of the city’s best Art Deco buildings, the Fred F. French Building at 551 Fifth Avenue was completed in 1927 to designs by H. Douglas Ives and Sloan & Robertson.  The first setback skyscraper on Fifth Avenue and the tallest building on the street when completed, 551 Fifth Avenue did much to establish the… Continue reading