Sohmer Piano Building

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Sohmer Piano Building
Sohmer Piano Building top.jpg
the top, viewed from 22nd & Broadway
General information
Status Complete
Type residential condominiums
Location 170 Fifth Avenue at 22nd Street
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′27″N 73°59′25″W / 40.740809°N 73.990401°W / 40.740809; -73.990401Coordinates: 40°44′27″N 73°59′25″W / 40.740809°N 73.990401°W / 40.740809; -73.990401
Estimated completion 1898
Technical details
Floor count 13
Design and construction
Architect Robert Maynicke

The Sohmer Piano Building, or Sohmer Building, is a Neo-classical [1] Beaux-Arts building located at 170 Fifth Avenue at East 22nd Street, in the Flatiron District neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan, diagonally southwest of the Flatiron Building. Designed by Robert Maynicke as a store-and-loft building for real-estate developer Henry Corn, and built in 1897-98[2] it is easily recognizable by its gold dome, which sits on top of a 2-story octagonal cupola.[1]

The building is located in within the Ladies' Mile Historic District, and, according to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, is "characteristic of the later development phase of the District".[2] It was named for the Sohmer Piano Company, which had its offices and showroom there early in the building's history. Other tenants included architects, publishers, and merchants of leather, hats, perfume and upholstery.[2] It was converted to residential condominium apartments in the early 21st century,[3] and its architectural features were restored between 2002 and 2005 by Bone / Levine Architects.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Sohmer Piano Building" at Bone/Levine Architects
  2. ^ a b c Pearson, Marjorie (ed.) "NYCLPC Ladies' Mile Historic District Designation Report, volume 1" New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (May 2, 1989). pp.293-295
  3. ^ Gregor, Alison. "New Housing Comes to Ladies' Mile", New York Times (June 11, 2010)
  4. ^ White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot and Leadon, Fran. AIA Guide to New York City (Fifth edition) New York: Wiley, 2010 at Google Books

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