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Today's Featured Building: Ansonia


The European styling of the Ansonia
In the late 19th century, the Upper West Side was dramatically redeveloped, with much of the credit going to developer William Earl Dodge Stokes, multimillionaire real estate mogul and copper heir. Wanting to build the grandest hotel in New York City, Stokes commissioned architect Paul E. Duboy to design what would eventually be The Ansonia, named after the Connecticut town in which Stokes’ grandfather Anson Greene Phelps resided.

The Ansonia was initially a residential hotel noted for its luxurious apartments and European influenced design and quickly attracted many residents from within the arts community. Over the years many famous opera singers, conductors, writers, musicians, and composers stayed in The Ansonia, as well as noted athletes such as Babe Ruth and Chick Grandil.[1]

In 1960, a proposal was put forward to demolish the building, but this notion was quickly dismissed by the residents. In the 1970s, owner Jake Starr began to resent the fact that he couldn't significantly raise the rents within the building and threatened yet again to have the building demolished. In 1972 the building was named an official New York City landmark and in 1980 The Ansonia was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, thus ensuring its preservation.[2]

In 1992, The Ansonia ended its tenure as a hotel and began the process of converting the apartments into individually owned units. However, units could not be sold until the previous tenants moved out, a tedious process that was not completed until 2007. At the time of its conversion, The Ansonia held 430 apartments, but due to residents’ propensity to buy and subsequently combine multiple apartments, even the building’s official realty company does not know the exact number of units The Ansonia holds today.[3]


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