From Brownstone and Limestone to Brick, Concrete, Steel and Glass
Manhattan Residential Architecture from the 19th Century to the 21st Century
New Yorkers lived in townhouses during the 19th Century. Single Family Townhouses and Mansions were made of Brownstone and Limestone. The Townhouse Market today is very desirable as single family homes and multi-family income producing rental buildings for investors.
Townhouses Upper West Side West 88th Street Townhouse asking $7.5M
The luxury apartment house was actually invented in New York in the late 19th century. Upper-class New Yorkers lived in townhouses and single-family mansions during the 19th century. To lure potential tenants, developers borrowed the word "apartment" from the French to make the new buildings sound more fashionable. The word and the lifestyle stuck.
In 1890 The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan.
It's Beaux Art Chateau style architecture was popular in the late 19th century. It was named The Dakota because at the time it was considered so far north (uptown West 72nd Street and Central Park West) it might as well have been in Dakota territory.
Dakota Architect: Henry Hardenburgh
In 1904 The Ansonia was called the most technologically advanced apartment house in the world.
When it opened in 1904, this extraordinary, eighteen story Beaux Arts building provided tenants with such luxuries as electric stoves, hot and cold filtered water, freezers, a pneumatic -tube system to deliver messages, and even an early form of central air conditioning.
Architect: Grave and Duboy built (1899-1904)
Apartment house living spread from New York to the rest of the country. By the 1930's 90% of Manhattanites were living in apartments.
1930 Art Deco Buildings
The San Remo Apartments and The Beresford. Two Emory Roth Architectural Masterpieces. An ad for the San Remo in the NY Times in April 1930 called it:
As modern as a flying boat, as luxurious as the Ile de France and designed for people who are at home on both. Birds in the sky are your only neighbors.
After World War II the New York apartment buildings became flat panels of brick and glass, lacking shape, color, texture, and ornamants.
11 Riverside Drive - The Schwab House
The Schwab House built 1951 is considered one of the best Upper West Side Coops. The 17-story, 654-unit apartment building is on the site of the former Charles Schwab mansion. It recently converted to "green" energy.
Buildings were white brick - Wedding cake style - Large buildings with many setbacks with terraces.
Buildings made of concrete have set back vertical rectangles and cylinders, many with balconies.
Yorkville Towers, Rupert Towers Complex built in 1975 converted to condos in 2003
Brick facade with glass oversized windows - post modern, construction boom in 1980's.
The Boulevard 1988 - Upper West Side Condop The Bromley 1987 - Upper West Side condo
Distinctive Brick facade of the 90's. Mixed facade limestone panels of the new century.
The Alexandria built 1991 Seven buildings (condos and rentals) Trump Place 1998- 2003
Glass Towers of the New Millenium - Glass Mansions in the sky
The Ariel East and West at West 99th Street and Broadway - The Aldyn 60 Riverside Boulevard
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