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Today's Featured Building: Prasada

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Prasada, one of the earlier additions to Central Park West. This road is the extension of Eighth Avenue as is continues north from Columbus Circle and runs alongside Central Park, on the west side, as the name suggests.

The ornate facade of the Prasada
In the early 1900s, this part of Manhattan attracted very wealthy residents. The usual amenities were included, stately beamed ceilings in the libraries and dining rooms, a cold storage plant that would provide ice for the tile and glass lined refrigerators, and commanding views of Central Park (the servants' quarters faced into the courtyard).

Apartments were limited to three per floor to ensure ample space for large rooms. The first floor contained a succession of open spaces culminating in the Palm Room.

By the end of the First World War, times were changing. It was becoming more expensive to hire servants, so in 1918, Penrhyn Stanlaws and Walter Russell, the new owners of Prasada, intended to reconstruct the Prasada, primarily to meet the difficulties of the 'servant problem'.

The main feature was the central kitchen to which every apartment was connected with an electric "dumbwaiter". Services of the Chef and the kitchen staff were free to the tenants but housekeeping and maid services could be retained for an hourly fee.

A plaque at the Prasada commemorating Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was a famous American novelist and playwright, who authored "So Big", "Showboat", and "Giant". She was one of the first tenants at the renovated Prasada and lived in the building from 1923 to 1929. She later wrote of the building, “I’m never going to give up this wonderful place. Never. They’ll have to wheel old ‘Gamma Ferber’ out when they tear the building down.”[1]

Prasada is another wonderful example of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City and stands proudly among its prestigious neighbors along Central Park West, neighbors such as Harperley Hall where Madonna had an apartment, the Dakota where John Lennon once lived, the San Remo, Beresford, and the Oliver Cromwell.


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