Circa 1929-1932 // ARCHITECT: Farrar & Watmaugh // BUILDER: Henry Mandel
The Parc Vendome is actually a pair of buildings connected at Ninth Avenue, one facing south over 56th Street (333-353 West 56th Street), and the other facing north over 57th Street (340-350 West 57th Street) — with a shared common garden between them. Each building has a pair of entrances and dual addresses. The 57th Street building is 19 stories and the 56th Street building is shorter with 11.
As the name implies, the building was created in an elegant French style with beautiful casement windows, grand copper-clad Mansard roofs, and stone balustrades topped with large classical urns. This complex has always been one of my favorites — a rare prewar condo — with great amenities in an incredibly convenient midtown location just a short walk from Columbus Circle. The elegant style of this building harkens back less to the apartment buildings of the era, but more to the hotels of the time which actually this makes sense considering the developer was known for his residential hotels. The large complex strikes me as the “Parisian” answer to London Terrace located 23 blocks south and, in fact, was built by the same developer.
Here the architecture is a bit fancier, and the apartments larger on average, than anything downtown. The buildings are mostly made up of studio and one bedroom units, but the size of these “bachelor” apartments range from 600 square feet for a typical studio and up to 1,200 square feet for one bedrooms. There are some larger terraced apartments at the top with stunning set-back terraces. Naturally, there have been combinations over the years that have created larger units.
WHAT A BUYER CAN EXPECT TO PAY: A large one-bedroom will cost around $1.3M, but it is the size of a typical two bedroom.