77 West 55th Street, New York City, NY
Gallery House catching the evening sun with its cream colored bricks
|Developer||Pearl & Connors|
|Architect||Horace Ginsbern & Associates|
|Number of Units||186|
|Number of Floors||21|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|77 West 55th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
The area where Gallery House is located, in Mid Town Manhattan at 77 West 55th Street, is an area surrounded by thousands of apartment units, millions of square feet of trophy office space, and thousands of hotel rooms. The immediate neighborhood includes the headquarters of CBS, Alliance Capital, Credit Lyonnaise, and ITT. Famous hotels in the area include the New York Hilton, The Park Lane, The St. Regis, The St. Moritz, and The "W".
Gallery House was initially built as a rental building and the conversion to condominiums occurred in the early 1970s. It was one of the first conversions to take place at the time. As a rental building, it featured studios, one, and two bedroom apartments. Updated fixtures and finishes were included in the conversion and minor changes in the floor plans. It remains a popular choice to live mainly due to its central location in Mid Town with easy access to all the neighborhood offers.
Mid Town Manhattan is where the Gallery House is located minutes from Central Park along the Avenue of the Americas and a few short blocks from Times Square, which could arguably be the most famous plaza of any urban center in the world. For residents who feel the need to hear a string quartet or a full blown symphonic performance, Carnegie Hall is just two short blocks away.
Broadway is just around the corner featuring shows and performances held in historic theaters, like the Ed Sullivan Theater, where David Letterman tapes his shows, the Gershwin Theater, the Neil Simon Theater, Radio City Music Hall, still proud of the Rockettes, and many others.
After the show, restaurants offer everything from fine dining to iconic New York staples from the street vendors, each one proudly displaying their New York Board of Health report card sheet - all "A"s. Drinking establishments such as Irish pubs, whiskey bars, martini bars, wine bars are all around Gallery House.
A jump on the subway or bus from around the corner can easily transport a Gallery House resident to Downtown, or Uptown. Over 90 public transit options are nearby, including a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park, if you feel so inclined.
Groceries are no problem for residents. Ernst and Klein Company International Supermarket is right in the building. Coffee bars line the streets and green spaces or plazas to sit down and recharge, or just people watch, are everywhere.
Public schools, business schools and even a choir school are within a half a mile along with dozens of others.
Gallery House was constructed in 1962 and is a large 21 floor building with 186 residences on the top 20 floors. The ground level has 8,237 Square feet of retail space for commercial use, anchored by a popular neighborhood grocery store, Ernst & Klein Company, and also features a 61 space garage. However, despite its height, Gallery House is still much shorter than the neighboring buildings and even at 21 floors, is probably considered a mid rise structure by New York standards.
The flat surfaces of the building facing Sixth Avenue and also 55th Street are both interrupted with a minor indentation rising the height of the building to the roof. This effectively and subtly removes the box-like appearance of the building. The exterior surfaces are clad with cream colored bricks, a popular finishing material of the 60s. The top three level feature setbacks providing residents on those floors some terrace space, and there is a roof deck for all to enjoy.
Layout and Features
Gallery House renovated the lobby and all the hallways during its conversion to a condominium.
Numerous upgrades were installed into the apartments and the building provides a full service package with full time doormen and a concierge.
The laundry is in a central location and the roof deck offers panoramic views of Manhattan in all directions.
There are 61 parking spaces for residents and for its location, the building boasts very low taxes and maintenance fees.
Gallery House has listed 62 floor plans. Here are a few:
The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is a part of the Columbia University Libraries group. They feature scans of the some of the original promotional brochures that were published when a building was ready for occupancy. Gallery House was among those listed.
Here are two entire floor layouts of Gallery House when it first came on the market:
For its age, Gallery House has many amenities:
- Full time doorman
- Basement storage
- Roof deck
- Some corner windows
- Storage facilities
- Good supermarket in building
- Close to Central Park
- Good bus service
- Some terraces
It has been noted that Gallery House has many apartments within its walls, which dates back to its origin as an apartment complex with smaller suites.
Also due to its age, there are no balconies apart from the few terraces on the upper floors.
Traffic in this area of Midtown Manhattan is heavy and may deter some people from living here.
|Gallery House Bylaws|
Pets are welcome in Gallery House.
Many of the apartments are rented.
No age restrictions are in place for residents and tenants.
Gallery House was originally constructed in 1962 to provide rental housing for people in the Mid Town area.
Attention to environmental concerns would not become prevalent until much later.
However, with today's greener consciousness, tenants and residents can lessen their impact on the environment by:
- Participating in New York City's recycling programs
- Installing newer more energy efficient appliances
- Choosing modern renewable construction materials when renovating their new condominium
- Using proper environmentally conscious methods of waste disposal for construction waste
- Gallery House was home to Henny Youngman. He didn't mind if everyone knew it. He was actually listed in the phone book. In his late years, he could be seen wheelchair-bound, sunning himself in front of the nearby Harley-Davidson tourist-trap/restaurant. He had a happy smile on his face and enjoyed being recognized by passersby.
- Before he passed away in 1977, Paul Desmond, the great alto saxophonist who was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, was one of Gallery House's most famous residents.
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