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Architectural Style

Pre-war city apartments



Pre-war refers to houses built between 1890 and 1940. It is also referred to as, Antebellum and Art Deco architecture.[1]

This style notes symmetry in the designs, where all windows align and the front entrance is frequently centered.


Pre-war mansion

At the time before World War II, time were changing. The old farm houses and small town started to transform into Victorian style mansion and big cities.

Use In Building Construction

The style has charming features taken from Victorian concepts. There is a wide range from luxurious mansions to middle class homes.

Often, porches and balconies were used, especially in the south. People enjoying a hot southern evening would relax on the front porch, and not have to rush inside unexpectedly to hide from the infamous sudden thunderstorms.[2]

Some of the notable characteristics include:

  • high ceilings
  • arched doorways
  • nickel-plated features
  • moldings
  • fireplaces
  • columns

Building Materials


The floors were commonly solid oak hardwood.

The homes have wood features around the doors, windows and on the stair banisters.

Moldings were made from wood, and decoratively connected the walls to the ceiling.

The homes are very durable and have a classic appeal. Whats important is that buyers don't forget the buildings are very old, and use practices that we don't typically use today. For example, water heaters were wrapped with asbestos, and the copper pipes aren't up to todays standards.

Examples of Pre-war Condominiums

Eldorado 300 Central Park West, New York City

Eldorado is situated right on the north end of Central Park, New York City.

It stands 30 stories tall and has two iconic towers. There are an average of 11 apartments per floor. Suites typically contain hardwood floors, spacious layouts, oversized windows, high ceilings, and some units contain balconies and fireplaces.

Amenities include a 24 hour concierge service, a 24 hour doorman, live in superintendent, laundry services, laundry facilities, fitness centers, a childrens playroom, a mini-basketball court, a parking garage, a bake room, cold storage, storage facilities, a package room, a landscaped courtyard and a roof deck.

Rutherford Place 305 Second Avenue, New York City, NY

Rutherford Place was originally a maternity hospital.

It is nine stories high and contains 127 units ranging from one to three bedrooms all with their own individual floor plans. Features include a marble entrance lobby, 14 - 17 foot ceilings, historically correct hardwood window frames, walnut stained hardwood floors and banisters and updated kitchens and bathrooms.

Amenities include a full time doorman, 20 year resident superintendent, a roof deck with furnished terrace and garden, a bike room, and ATM, laundry facilities on each floor, parking facilities, valet and maid services and closed circuit security.

15 Central Park West 15 Central Park West, New York City, NY

15 Central Park West is a 35 level tower with 202 units with a 14,000 squarefoot fitness area including a pool.

The lobby ceilings are 45 feet high and the space is fully attended at all times. Residences also have access to cold storage, wine cellars, and a private dining room with a chef.

The ceilings in the apartments range from 10 to 14 feet and offer one to four bedroom floor plans.

The suites feature oak cabinets and some have private terraces.

Amenities include a concierge, a full time doorman, central air conditioning, a full service garage, gardens, a pool, a washer and dryer, a business center, a party room, event rooms, a lounge, direct access to Central Park, and a fitness center.

One Fifth Avenue 1 Fifth Avenue, New York City

One Fifth Avenue stands 27 stories high, and shows off its Art Deco facade.

The exterior is constructed with brick and features limestone finishes. There are many decorative features including battlements, turreted corners, and dark brown masonry.

The units range from studios to two bedroom units with approximately ten units per floor. Some untis have terraces and balconies. Many renovations have taken place at the will of the owner, so features in each unit vary.

Amenities include a 24 hour doorman, porter services, a concierge, central laundry, roof decks, and private storage facilities.

845 West End Avenue 845 West End Avenue, New York City

845 West End Avenue was once the home of famous folk singer Judy Collins.

The building contains 91 units and some of the general features include oak flooring, central air conditioning, crown moldings, beveled base moldings, double glazed windows, washer and dryers, high ceilings, oversized windows, walk in closets, and spacious layouts. The kitchens feature high end appliances, limestone counter tops, custom cabinetry and an island. The bathrooms have marble mosaic floors with radiant heating and custom cabinetry.

Amenities include a 24 hour doorman, live in superintendent, fitness room, childrens playroom, bike room, and individual storage facilities.

Other Pre-war Buildings


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