Historic NYC Architecture To Explore on Your Visit
New York has almost too many historic buildings to count, from the Empire State Building to the Flatiron Building to the Chrysler Building. If you’re planning to see them all, you are going to need to spread your architecture tour over several days, spending one (or more) days per neighborhood. Here’s an introduction to some of the best historic NYC architecture you’ll likely view while touring the Upper East and Upper West Sides of Manhattan.
The Dakota sits on 72nd Street, right off Central Park West, and showcases eclectic Renaissance Revival and Chatesque-style residential architecture. It was commissioned by a founder of Singer Sewing Machines in the 19th century and is best known as the former home of Judy Garland and John Lennon.
The Guggenheim sits on Fifth Avenue and offers groundbreaking Frank Lloyd Wright design that evokes a nautilus shell. You probably already know that it serves as a museum; what you may not know is that it is widely considered a leading work of art in and of itself, having made UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Check out current exhibitions on the museum’s website.
The San Remo
When you take an image while facing west in Central Park, San Remo is the apartment building whose two majestic Renaissance-style towers can be seen soaring over the treetops. Constructed in 1930, the apartment building (which has housed Demi Moore and Bono) also boasts marble walls, terrazzo floors, and other opulent touches.
The Apthorp occupies the full block between Broadway and West End Avenue, and 78th and 79th Street. Its elegant Renaissance Revival design includes details such as arched windows, and has housed luminaries from George Balanchine to Nora Ephron.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is one of America’s most beautiful examples of Beaux-Arts architecture, with its façade and its famous steps having been shown in countless films and TV shows like Gossip Girl. It was designed by McKim, Mead, and White, also the team behind the Columbia University campus. See the schedule of exhibitions on the museum’s website.
The Ansonia sits on Broadway and 74th Street. Its Beaux-Arts architecture incorporates intricate balconies and an elaborate Parisian-style roof. Originally a hotel, it has held an urban farm and even a swingers’ club; today, it serves primarily as a residential building, but features retail space at ground level.
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