Rutherford Place

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305 Second Avenue, New York City, NY

Rutherford Place

Rutherford Place in Gramercy Park, Manhattan
Building Information
Developer JP Morgan
Architect Robert Henderson Robertson
Management Company Orb Management
Number of Units 127
Number of Floors 9
Year Built 1902
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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305 Second Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9A
Title of Land Condominium



Rutherford Place began life as a maternity hospital, but the hospital was converted in the mid-1980s into a residential building. This prewar building is a classic example of the Beaux Arts architectural style. Its conversion was praised for maintaining many of the building’s historically significant detailing and ornamentation.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, residents of Rutherford Place enjoy the prestige of living in a land-marked building in combination with all of the conveniences of modern luxury residences.

Rutherford Place also offers residents the luxury of location, as it is found in the neighborhood of Gramercy Park, an area known for its prewar buildings, its understated elegance, and the proliferation of high end shops and restaurants.


Located on Second Avenue between East 17th and 18th Streets, Rutherford Place finds itself in the neighborhood of Gramercy Park on the east side of Manhattan. It is bordered on the north by 23rd Street, the east by the East River, the south by 14th Street, and Park Avenue South to the west. Gramercy Park is an oasis of tranquil Manhattan living, famed for its namesake park located between East 20th and 21st Streets and Park Avenue South and Third Avenue.

The park itself is famous for being one of only two private parks in all of New York City and those wishing to access the park require a key for entry. These keys are only available to those who live in the approximately 39 buildings that overlook the park and they must be renewed annually.

However, in response to public interest, the park is open every year to the public on Christmas Eve and until 2007, was also open on Gramercy Day.[1]

Gramercy Park the neighborhood is known for being a quiet residential area with a vibrant history and has a reputation for having some of the most stable real estate values in Manhattan. Gramercy Park is home to the Players Club, which was founded in 1888 by famed actor Edwin Booth, as well as the National Arts Club, which is known for being one of the few private social clubs in New York City that allowed women to join as full and equal members since its founding in 1898.

By contrast, the Players Club did not allow this until 1989. Zoning regulations have kept the buildings in the neighborhood to around 20 stories and therefore, Gramercy Park has maintained many of its prewar buildings and historical character.

Today, the neighborhood is home to many of New York City’s finest restaurants, including the original location of the famous Shake Shack. Rutherford Place itself borders Stuyvesant Square Park, which unlike Gramercy Park, is a fully open and public space.[2]

Residents of Rutherford Place do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance of an abundance of food, shopping, home services, and transit options. Cyclists will love the flat grades and the many excellent bike lanes nearby.[3]


Rutherford Place was originally the New York Lying-In Hospital, which provided maternity services to the women of New York City. The building was built by JP Morgan, with a design by architect Robert Henderson Robertson. He is known for his designs of the American Tract Society Building, the New York Savings Bank Building, and Park Row Building. Construction on the hospital began in 1899 and was completed in 1902 The building was operated as a hospital for over 80 years.

In 1985, the building began its conversion into condominium residences with a design by Beyer Blinder Belle. This conversion was completed in 1986, although originally, Rutherford Place was strictly a rental building. It was not until 2006 that the apartments were sold and the building became a condominium residence, with the offering plans sponsored by Orb Development and Win Chamberlin as the principle.

Rutherford Place has been cited as one of the city’s finest examples of the neo-classical and Italian Renaissance styles of architecture and the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

Layout and Features

Standing a mere nine stories, Rutherford Place holds 127 apartments that range in size from one to three bedroom units. These apartments are notable for the number of duplexes and triplexes available, as well as the fact that no two apartments in this building are alike. They all have their own individual floor plan.

The building and apartments have many features, including:

  • Restored marble entrance and lobby, and renovated elevators
  • Renovated public halls that are climate controlled plus an intercom system in each unit
  • 14 -17 foot high ceilings with over sized and double glazed windows
  • Historically correct hardwood window frames, and walnut stained hardwood floors and banisters

The kitchens have many features, some of which include:

  • Sub-Zero refrigerators and Bosch dishwashers
  • Dacor combination convection and microwave ovens, Viking stainless steel range and Kindred stainless steel sinks
  • American Standard polished chrome fixtures with Jet Mist granite counter tops and back splash
  • Poggenpohl European cherry cabinetry along with Stainless steel drawers pulls and handles

The bathrooms feature:

  • Koehler pedestal sinks with Watermark brushed nickel fixtures and over sized mirrors
  • White Italian Spuma wall tiles and Jet Mist granite flooring all lit by Kovacs wall-mounted lighting fixtures[5]

Floor Plans

As every apartment in this building has its own unique floor plan, a selection is provided.


Residents of Rutherford Place enjoy many amenities, including:

  • Full time time doorman
  • 20 year resident superintendent
  • Roof deck with furnished terrace and garden
  • Bike room
  • ATM in the lobby
  • Laundry facilities on each floor
  • Parking facilities
  • Valet and maid service
  • Closed circuit monitoring of common areas[6]


Rutherford Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • This building is pet friendly.
  • This building allows rentals.
  • There are no age restrictions in this building.[7]

Rutherford Place is managed by Orb Property Management, phone (212) 243-1320


Constructed in 1902, Rutherford Place was built long before the modern era of green living and sustainability awareness and is therefore, a product of its time.

Despite its lack of designation as a green building, there are several options available for residents who wish to help improve the building’s overall sustainability, including:

  • Participating in New York City’s recycling programs
  • Limiting the use of a car in favor of walking or taking public transit in order to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Maintaining the energy efficient windows that were installed during the building’s conversion
  • Installing more energy efficient appliances when updating/renovating their apartments[8]


  • In December of 2012, this building was featured in an episode of the television series Selling New York.[9]
  • The architect of Rutherford Place, Robert Henderson Robertson, was also the architect of Park Row Building. Completed in 1899, Park Row Building enjoyed the prestige of being the world’s tallest building for over nine years, until it was surpassed by the Singer Building in 1908.[10]
  • Gramercy Park has been home to many notable residents over its history, including James Harper, Edwin Booth, Stuyvesant Fish, James Cagney, Margaret Hamilton, Gregory Peck, John Barrymore, John Steinbeck, Julia Roberts, Jimmy Fallon, Uma Thurman, Rufus Wainwright, Oscar Wilde, and Joshua Bell. Gramercy Park is also the birthplace of former US President Theodore Roosevelt, with the actual building on East 20th Street now listed as a National Historic Site.[11]


  1. New Construction Manhattan
  2. Wikipedia - Gramercy Park
  3. Walk Score
  4. City Realty - Review
  5. Rutherford Place Official Site
  6. NY Bits
  7. Street Easy
  8. Rutherford Place Official Site
  9. Curbed NY
  10. Wikipedia - Park Row Building
  11. Wikipedia - Gramercy Park

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