565 West End Avenue

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565 West End Avenue, New York City, NY

565 West End Avenue
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Exterior View of 565 West End Avenue
Building Information
Architect H.I. Feldman
Management Company The Argo Corporation
Number of Units 100
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 1937
Construction Method Concrete
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565 West End Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

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Built in 1937, 565 West End Avenue is a historic gem that stands taller than the majority of its peers of its age group. The building began its life as an apartment rental building, and one of the most luxurious in the Upper West Side. In 1966, a group of residents in the building changed the building to a cooperative, which was a rather new but successful concept of the time.

Today, 565 West End Avenue remains a luxury building and offers 100 cooperative residences over its 21 stories, many of which have distinguished layouts with unique features such as entrance galleries that can function as dining rooms and their sunken living rooms.

The historic and architecturally classic, detailed building was designed by Hyman Isaac Feldman, a prominent architect who began his career in the early 1920s. He was particularly well established in the Bronx, where he created many Art Deco style buildings. Over the course of his career, H.I. Feldman designed 2,500 buildings in New York City.

565 West End Avenue is situated at the corner of West 87th Street in the Upper West Side, providing an ideal location that is mainly residential. The area of the Upper West Side has a reputation for offering upscale, residential neighborhoods with well-reputed schools, thereby creating an ideal location to raise a family.

Many of the residents in the Upper West Side carry on their professions in Midtwon Manhattan, and take advantage of the convenient public transportation that connects the two areas. Although not offering a full, expansive list of amenities, 565 West End Avenue does feature a full-time doorman to welcome home residents each day, as well as a fitness center, on-site storage, a bicycle room, and central laundry facilities.[1]



Location

West End Avenue is a busy street providing four lanes of two-way traffic, and is mainly residential with many historic low to mid-rise building flanking the street on either side. The area does contain an aspect of a "small town" feel with the landscaping and trees lining West End Avenue, and its narrow and quiet side streets.

Broadway is just one block east of the building, which is known worldwide as the American theater district. This area of Broadway offers art galleries, banks, restaurants, and retail clothing stores, including Victoria's Secret and Aldo Shoes.

Located just across the street is Saint Agnes Boys School, which is located at 555 West End Avenue. This small, private Catholic high school is an all-boys school, enrolling 400 students each semester.

Other nearby schools include Stephen Gaynor School, which recently acquired its neighboring building to undergo an expansion, as well as Mickey Mantle School, Metropolitan Montessori School, Richard Rogers School, and Saint Gregory the Great School.

Nearby outdoor places that are situated within walking distance from 565 West End Avenue include Riverside Park, Riverside-West End Historic District, which provides a great walking area with many historic, landmarked buildings, Hudson River Park Pier, Saint Gregory's Park, and Joan of Arc Park. The West 87th Street Dog Run at the Hudson River Greenway provides a convenient and central, dog-friendly area.

There are over 15 different public transportation options within walking distance from the building. The nearest metro station is located on Broadway between 86th Street and 87th Street, just one block from the building. There are also car share programs like ZipCar, Relay Rides, and Herz on Demand in the neighborhood, providing an alternative option to transportation.[2]


Construction

Top View of 565 West End Avenue
Exterior Detailing of 565 West End Avenue

This 21 story building is constructed of durable concrete and features glamorous Art Deco style features. The building is easily distinguishable by its horizontal bands of red brick at its exterior, as well as its large corner windows. The exterior façade offers a humble, light orange-brick cladding which is highlighted with its mid-section that is a darker red brickwork cladding. The street level of the building is faced with dark red brick and even darker bands of brick, which creates a rusticated, distinguished visual effect.

565 West End Avenue is commented on in The A.I.A Guide to New York City, Third Edition by Elliot Wilensky and Norval White: "the vocabulary of the neo-Renaissance [is] expressed in Art Deco terms" and that the building's corner windows act as a "substitute for quoins."

"As for the pediment at the entrance, its 1930s stand-in is a small, streamlined, stainless steel cornice. The canvas and pipe canopy in this apartment [house], as in too many others, is a practical but unrelated afterthought," stated Wilensky and White.

Many of the other Art Deco buildings that flank West End Avenue and the surrounding areas are much more flamboyant in their use of color. Consequently, the soft color scheme of 565 West End Avenue provides a more subtle and pleasant change on the street-scape of West End Avenue.[3]


Layout and Features

There are many different floor plans offered at 565 West End Avenue, ranging in size from studios to three bedroom units. The layouts feature many distinguished Art Deco architectural details such as large open entry galleries which often serve to function as the dining areas in many of the residences. There are also step-down living rooms and large corner windows that allow plenty of natural light into the interiors. Many of the kitchens also offer their own windows, which all together maximize the views of the surrounding city, river, and park.

Subtle charm is found throughout the building, with many of the layouts featuring ceiling beams, mosaic or parquet hardwood floors, designer light fixtures, and updated kitchens, commonly with stainless steel appliances and gas stove tops.

Other common updates include stone or granite counter tops with under mount sinks and updated kitchen cabinetry. Master bedrooms are large with ample amounts of closet space throughout, and the higher than standard ceiling heights throughout the building maximize the feeling of openness in the homes.

Some of the larger, upper floor residences offer up to three bedrooms, and each of the second bedrooms feature their own en-suite bathroom. A particular residence of this stature has been updated with a Boffi kitchen with Dacor range, SubZero Fridge and Miele dishwasher; the kitchen leads to the open dining area that rests below a designer chandelier. Hardwood floors and large closets are found throughout, and there is also a wet bar off the living room.[4]


Floor Plans

There are 25 floor plans available for 565 West End Avenue. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 565 West End Avenue include:

  • Full-time Doorman
  • Fitness Center
  • On-site Storage
  • Central Laundry Room
  • Live-in Super

Bylaws

565 West End Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • 565 West End Avenue is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

565 West End Avenue's nearby proximity to daily necessities, activities, and public transit routes deems it as a sustainable building that encourages eco-friendly lifestyles in its residents. This is a central residence where tenants and residents do not need to use a vehicle daily. For longer commutes, there are also car share programs found within the neighborhood that utilize low-emission vehicles.

The building itself was constructed in 1937 and has been long-standing ever since. Its durable structural concrete and brick cladding have protected the integrity of the building over its lifespan, requiring little maintenance work along the way, and ensuring a long life ahead.

Many of the interiors in the building still feature their original hardwood flooring. Others have been updated with sustainable, modern finishes like hardwood, stone, or granite. Other updates in the residences include:

  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • In-unit washers & dryers

Residents can create a more eco-friendly lifestyle by adding a recycling component to their kitchens, utilizing the nearby public transportation, and unplugging electrical cords when they are not in use.

Trivia

215 to 233 West 70th Street, designed by Clarence True

On June 25, 2013, New York City's Landmark Preservation Commission voted to extend the historic district to include the newly named West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension; this extends the already existing historic district to include the areas west of Broadway to Riverside Drive and north and south from West 70th Street to West 79th Street, which consists of approximately 220 residential and institutional buildings built primarily between 1880 to 1920.

The prominent architects of that time who are largely responsible for the design of many of these buildings in the newly deemed historic district include Clarence True, George F. Pelham, C. P. H. Gilbert, Henry J. Hardenburgh, Lamb & Rich and Thom & Wilson. Many of these designs include neo-Grec, Romanesque Revival, Renaissance Revival, Queen Anne, and Beaux-Arts styles which were commonly built from brownstone, limestone and brick.

During the 20th century, the character of the West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension experienced several changes with multiple contributing factors. After 1900, developers began building flats and apartment buildings to compensate for the escalating construction costs on single-family row house development. The opening of the IRT subway in 1904 made the Upper West Side area an accessible neighborhood, attracting a larger part of the city's expanding population.

At the time of voting the new historic district into existence, additional buildings were destined to attain landmark status. Some of the newly added landmark buildings include:

  • 140 Broadway, formerly the Marine Midland Bank, which is a 51-story black aluminum, bronze-tinted glass skyscraper built in 1968 and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Church of St. Paul the Apostle at 8 Columbus Avenue
  • The New York Public Library, Seward Park Branch
  • The Hotel Grand Union, formerly the Hotel St. Louis, at 34 East 32nd Street[5]


References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. New York Times
  5. NY Curbed


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