880 Fifth Avenue

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880 Fifth Avenue is a luxury apartment building on Fifth Avenue at the northeast corner of 69th Street in New York City.

It was the final building by architect Emery Roth. The developers were Harold Uris and Percy Uris. Built in 1948,[1] the design for the building was commissioned during the war as the Uris brothers anticipated the war's end and the lifting of the wartime restrictions on non war-related construction.[2] 880 is "stylistically related" to Roth's 875 Fifth Avenue, on the other side of 69th Street his building The Normandy at 140 Riverside Drive, all in the fashionable art moderne, or Art Deco style.[3] 880 was built on the site of home of Edward H. Harriman, designed by the Herter Brothers in 1881, and the Adolph E. Lewisohn house, designed by C. W. Clinton in 1882.[3]

The limestone facade is mildly Art Deco with classical touches. It is topped by a modest pair of towers, but overall the building is dignified, rather than exciting, designed to sell at a profit to an upscale clientele and to fit in among the classical buildings, including the adjacent Frick Museum.[3]

In 1981, the New York Times remarked of the residential buildings constructed by the Uris brothers, "930 Fifth Avenue, 2 Sutton Place, and 880 Fifth Avenue, are among the city's best residential addresses today."[2]

Notable residents have included Broadway songwriter Mitch Leigh,[4] and entrepreneur and philanthropist John D. Hertz.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thecityreview.com/ues/fifave/fif880.htm
  2. ^ a b Ruttenbaum, Steven (1986). Mansions in the clouds: the skyscraper palazzi of Emery Roth. Balsam Press. pp. 179–181. ISBN 0-917439-09-0. 
  3. ^ a b c 880 Fifth Avenue, Carter B. Horsley
  4. ^ MIZRAHI DESIGNING APTS., New York Post, Braden Keil Jul 27, 2001
  5. ^ HERTZ GIVES FUND FOR SCHOLARSHIPS; Transport Fortune to Train Engineers for Defense of Nation He Adopted Focusing on Those in Need, New York Times, Sept. 20, 1957 [1]

Coordinates: 40°46′14″N 73°58′05″W / 40.77056°N 73.96806°W / 40.77056; -73.96806