1158 Fifth Avenue

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1158 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY

1158 Fifth Avenue

Historic 1158 Fifth Avenue
Building Information
Architect C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim
Management Company 1158 Fifth Avenue Incorporated
Number of Units 58
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1924
Construction Method Concrete
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1158 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R-10
Title of Land Cooperative



Since the mid 1800s, Fifth Avenue has been associated with New York's rich and famous. Then, the association was generally confined to the Lower Fifth Avenue, but by the early 20th century, many of society's elite began to move north to where Fifth Avenue faces Central Park. It was during this period that Andrew Carnegie built a mansion at Fifth Avenue and 91st Street, which gave name to the neighborhood of Carnegie Hill.

In 1916, the beginning of an important shift took place when the mansion at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue was demolished to make way for an apartment building. This twelve story property was the first apartment building in the area, but it was soon followed by others. Many people weren't happy with the shift from mansions to apartment buildings and they complained to city officials. In January 1922, the city restricted the height of future structures to 75 feet, which was only about five or six stories.

Architect J. E. R. Carpenter brought a case to court challenging this height restriction in 1923. Carpenter successfully argued that replacing old-style mansions with deluxe new apartments would improve the overall appearance of Fifth Avenue.[1]

The first large-scale building to take advantage of this change in zoning was the apartment building at 1158 Fifth Avenue. It was built by architects C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim and finished in 1924. It was fifteen stories high and designed to have four apartments of around eight rooms each per floor plus a doctor's office on the ground floor. This design made the apartments quite small by the standard of the day.

1158 Fifth Avenue was built as a cooperative of 58 apartments and still operates as a cooperative today.[2]


1158 Fifth Avenue is located in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Carnegie Hill is considered the residential neighborhood of New York City.

This is due to many factors such as the proximity to Central Park and Museum Mile, low crime, nearness of amenities such as shops, restaurants, and schools, as well as the historic nature of many of the buildings in the area.[3]

The neighborhood is named after the mansion built by Andrew Carnegie at Fifth Avenue and 91st Street in 1901 and much of the area today is designated a historic district by the Landmarks Preservation Committee.


Ornate 1924 moldings around the windows

1158 Fifth Avenue was designed by architects C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim in 1924. It is a fifteen story apartment building built in a French Renaissance style with frontages on both Fifth Avenue and East 97th Street.

The limestone base of the building is three stories high and has a bold cornice band separating it from the main shaft of the building. The three entrance bays on East 97th Street have the main ornamentation. The doors and windows are framed with arches and low-relief carved panels. The third story balconies have wrought iron railings and the secondary entrances have some carved reliefs as well.

The facade of the shaft is of tan-colored brick and there are evenly spaced brick blocks at the corners. In the center of the facade on the tenth and fourteenth stories there are narrow stone balconies with wrought iron railings. The top story has limestone framed window openings with a lintel band below the paneled parapet.

The penthouse, which can just be seen from the street, includes a private rooftop terrace and glassed in conservatory. The south elevation has a brick facade similar to main shaft of the building.[4]

Layout and Features

1158 Fifth Avenue is a historic prewar building and many of the original details remain including high ceilings and large apartments.

The layout and features in the units at 1158 Fifth Avenue vary based on the previous owners renovation choices, however the majority of the apartments include all or many of the following features:

  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Split central air conditioning system
  • Hardwood floors
  • Triple-paned windows
  • SieMatic custom cabinets
  • Miele appliances
  • SubZero refrigerators
  • Limestone countertops and floors
  • Limestone bathroom tile
  • Duravit and Hastings bathroom fixtures
  • Customized closets

Floor Plans

The apartments at 1158 Fifth Avenue tend to be large and spacious with dens, offices, or maid's quarters.

In some of the apartments, these rooms have been converted to extra kitchen space or extra bedrooms.

Several sample floor plans are below:


Building amenities include:

  • Sidewalk landscaping
  • Doorman
  • Live-in super
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Original 1924, vaulted, eight-sided, Adamesque lobby
  • Bike room
  • Laundry in building


1158 Fifth Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

This building is pet-friendly.

Rentals are allowed.

There is no age limit for this property.


As it was built in 1924, 1158 Fifth Avenue is not a designated green building. However, apartment renovations have installed many energy efficient appliances and triple-pane windows in many of the units.

Residents can further decrease their carbon footprint by continuing to renovate their own homes with environmentally safe materials and energy efficient options wherever possible.

The location of 1158 Fifth Avenue also allows residents to chose walking or biking over driving as the building is close to all amenities such as restaurants, schools, shops, and, of course, Central Park.[5]


Orchestra Hall, Detroit
  • 1158 Fifth Avenue is featured in Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins' book New York 1930, Architecture And Urbanism Between The Two World Wars.
  • 1158 Fifth Avenue is part of the Carnegie Hill Historic District.
John Dewey
  • C. Howard Crane, one of the architects of 1158 Fifth Avenue, was best known for designing movie palaces in North America. During his career he built around 250 theaters in the USA and in the United Kingdom. He was considered especially good at giving his buildings great acoustics. Many of his theaters are still used today. Some of his most famous buildings include Orchestra Hall and the Capitol Theatre, both in Detroit, Michigan.[6]
  • American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, John Dewey, once lived at 1158 Fifth Avenue. He was at his Fifth Avenue apartment when he died of pneumonia at age ninety-two in 1952. His ideas were particularly influential in the area of education and social reform. Dewey is best known for his ideas concerning education, but he also spoke and wrote about many other topics, such as nature, art, logic, democracy, and ethics.[7]


  1. NYC Manhattan: Fifth Avenue
  2. City Realty
  3. Walk Score
  4. New York City Landmark Preservation Committee
  5. Walk Score
  6. C. Howard Crane
  7. NY Times: John Dewey dead at 92

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