The Stanton: 250 West 94th Street (2)
Circa 1925 // ARCHITECT: Sugarman & Berger // BUILDER: Golding Brothers
I made a very brief post about this building a few months back, but I did not provide a great deal of detail at the time. Just this past week, however, I had the pleasure of showing a customer a Classic 7 in the building and I was so taken with the building that I decided to post about it again, providing a little more information this time around.
Sugarman & Berger were successful architects of the 1920s, but their firm does not have much name recognition today. This is unfortunate, since I find their buildings to be consistently top-notch. They are masters of the functional layout and one should really respect the provenance of their buildings. That said, their exteriors are consistently somewhat bland and uneventful, but exercising a measured restraint is just fine. They are frequently clad in white, taupe or yellow brick while the ornamentation is carefully chosen and kept to a minimum.
In the case of The Stanton (named for Elizabeth Cady Stanton who resided in the building), the only applied ornament are engaged barley twist columns on the top two floors above a wide stone belt course. This belt course reflects a similar one, but more subtly constructed of brick, above the third floor. Above three windows on the sixth floor are decorative stone rondels. This type of building, subtle and understated, makes up much of the fabric of the New York City streetscape. It does not speak too loudly, but maintains a quiet elegance. [**Refer to my previous post about this building for a photo of the exterior]
As you can see from my photos of some of the lobby details, the quality of the interior finish is beautiful. Personally, I don’t care for all the added gilding, but the grand space combined with the patterned terrazzo floors, elaborate plasterwork, and stained glass windows are beautiful.
The typical floor of this large building contains ten apartments built around three elevator banks. The Broadway side of the building consists of just two apartments — a very gracious corner Classic 7 and a large Classic 6. The middle elevator bank provides access to four apartments — two Classic 5’s facing north over 94th Street and two courtyard/south facing four-room layouts (one of which is a traditional two-bedroom, the other a one-bedroom with Formal Dining Room). The back, or west elevator bank, also gives access to four apartments — two Classic 6’s facing north over 94th Street, and two one bedrooms over the courtyard/south. All ten apartments have outstanding floor plans, and the A and B Line units have very large rooms. The apartments have high beamed ceilings, elegant herringbone floors, panel moldings, and over-sized window openings for more light. With the variety of apartment configurations, this building really offers something for everyone.
WHAT A BUYER CAN EXPECT TO PAY: An “A Line” Classic 7 on a lower floor, in estate condition will cost about $2.4M. A Classic 6 will cost from $1.5M up to about $2M, and a One Bedroom will be around $750,000.