993 Park Avenue at 84th Street
Circa 1915 // ARCHITECT: Robert T. Lyons // BUILDER: Bing & Bing Cons. Co.
993 Park Avenue is another collaboration between Lyons and the Bing brothers. This 13-story coop has 49 units (originally less). Larger than 955 Park Avenue, built the year before and sitting on a corner lot, there is a greater opportunity to impress here. This building really has a very reserved and elegant facade, but still follows Lyons’ somewhat formulaic approach of segmentation with a three story base, seven-story body and three-story top. However, unlike either 955 or the later 1155, this building is crowned with a very large copper cornice at the top. Were it not for the cornice, this building could easily date to a decade later.
As originally conceived, the building consisted of three large apartments on each floor. Interestingly the corner apartment is actually the smallest, with eight rooms. The other two units each consist of ten rooms. All three apartments flow off a central foyer, and the rooms in this building are very large. There have been quite a few subdivisions of the apartments over the years, but some of the very grand originals still exist.
A couple of interesting articles about the building and it’s residents:
WHAT A BUYER CAN EXPECT TO PAY: A 10 room will cost around $10M