101 Central Park West at 70th Street
Circa 1930 // ARCHITECTS: Schwartz & Gross // BUILDER: Bricken Construction Corp.
Some people consider this the most prestigious building on Central Park West. The facade is really a tour-de-force (albeit a bit marred presently due to some haphazard window replacements). The full block front is segmented into five smaller bays, the the two-story smooth stone base pushes up one flight in the center and end bays, an unusual and attractive treatment. There is also lot’s of classically inspired detail sprinkled about that is easy to miss unless you really look.
The typical floors run up to the eighth floor, then the building starts to set back, allowing for the creation of terraced apartments even larger and more luxurious than on the lower floors. The layout of 101 CPW shares much in common with 1185 Park Avenue, another great Schwartz and Gross and Bricken Construction creation. The typical lower floor has just 7 apartments arranged around three elevator banks, ranging from six to nine rooms. Most have 30 foot Living Rooms, and 23 foot or larger Dining Rooms. The Bedrooms are typically 20 feet long. Master Bathrooms always have stall showers. Great closet space. The apartments here have some of the largest rooms on CPW.
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