Today's Featured Building: 34 Gramercy Park
It certainly is an interesting building to view with crags and turret-like corners guarding the light-court entrance, bay window projections, indented corner corners, and several façade projections topped with a few triangular pediments for additional interest.
It began its existence as an apartment building in an era where the higher floors were not considered anymore attractive than the lower ones. Instead, the conventional wisdom of the time was to price all the apartments equally to avoid the formation of a 'caste system' within the structure. Of course that mode of thought has changed today. But it may also have something to do with the new-fangled and somewhat unreliable elevators of the period. Many elevator accidents had been reported in New York City since the first elevator ever, was installed in 1857 in the Haughtout China and Glassware Store on Broadway and Broome Street.
Another advantage of 34 Gramercy Park is that it overlooks Gramercy Park itself and residents are eligible to get a key to the park gates reserved only for property owners around the park itself. Gramercy Park is the last private park in New York City and it also has a long and storied history.
The neighborhood of Gramercy Park is peaceful and filled with a variety of architectural examples including Neo-Gothic, Greek Revival, and Italianate styles. Zoning restrictions within the area limit building heights to 20 stories preserving the historic three and four story buildings each with their own interesting story to tell.
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740 Park Avenue - Known as one of New York City's premiere apartments buildings, 740 Park Avenue is famous for being the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Ansonia - A former hotel with a long and storied history of famous residents, scandals, and tumultuous times, the Ansonia is known for its distinctive architecture and lavish design detailing.
City Spire - At the time of its construction, City Spire was the world's second tallest concrete building, and today is known for its record setting three floor penthouse with panoramic views of Manhattan.
Apple Bank Building - A landmark building that once housed the Central Savings Bank, the Apple Bank Building is known for its luxury, including a fitness center that is illuminated by a chandelier.
Downtown By Starck - A conversion project by famed architect Philippe Starck, this building has been dubbed the Downtown Insanity Palace due to its numerous over the top luxury amenities.
Rutherford Place - A former maternity hospital, Rutherford Place is now a condominium residence in Gramercy Park, and a classic example of the Beaux Arts architectural style.
Jade- With interior design by Jade Jagger, this building introduced Manhattan-ites to pod style living.
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