1100 Park Avenue
Circa 1930 // ARCHITECT: DePace & Juster // BUILDER: Samuel Silver
This is one of Park Avenue’s premier full-service cooperative buildings. Located at the intersection of 89th Street — and I think it is, also, one of the most handsome structures on the Avenue. Rising 18-stories plus a penthouse, it contains 80 large apartments ranging in size from six to thirteen rooms, all with fine proportions, very large Living Rooms, wood-burning fireplaces, and set-back terraces at the top.
Viewed from the exterior, there is a three-story yellow marble base over which is a dark brown brick facade that has been beautifully detailed with terra cotta ornamental balconies and cornices. Unfortunately, the fenestration is inconsistent, with a mish-mash of original casements (good), and single pane “view windows” (bad). I suspect over time the last remaining casements will be replaced with the alternative, at least bringing the entire building into uniformity. That said, the loss of the richness provided by the original casements is unfortunate. I will never understand why these buildings did not seek to maintain the architect’s original concept, and keep the multi-pane casements.
The building consists of four apartments on a typical floor, The A Line on the southeast corner is 11 rooms, the B Line on the northeast corner is 8 rooms, the C (6 Rooms) & D (8 rooms) lines facing south over 89th Street. The 16th, 17th, 18th, and penthouse floors begin to set back, allowing for very gracious, and unusual terraced apartments. Architecturally, this building is definitely in Candela’s league.
WHAT A BUYER CAN EXPECT TO PAY: A Classic 6 will cost over $3.5M; a large A Line over $7M. A duplex penthouse will cost over $20M.