Alwyn Court

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Alwyn Court
Alwyn Court NYC 2007.jpg
Alwyn Court is located in New York City
Alwyn Court
Alwyn Court is located in New York
Alwyn Court
Alwyn Court is located in the US
Alwyn Court
Location 180 W. 58th St.
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°45′57″N 73°58′46″W / 40.76583°N 73.97944°W / 40.76583; -73.97944Coordinates: 40°45′57″N 73°58′46″W / 40.76583°N 73.97944°W / 40.76583; -73.97944
Built 1907
Architect Harde & Short
Architectural style French Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 79001599[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 26, 1979
Designated NYCL June 7, 1966

The Alwyn Court is a 12-story apartment building located at 180 West 58th Street on the corner of Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, one block south of Central Park. It was built between 1907 and 1909, and was designed by Harde & Short in French Renaissance style, with elaborate terra-cotta ornamentation in the Francis I style covering the entire facade.[2] The interior courtyard has a painted architectural facade by artist Richard Haas.[3]

The building was constructed with 14-room, 5-bathroom apartments which were subdivided during the Depression.[2][4] Although the interior has changed over time, the exterior, with its intricate terra-cotta decoration, has largely remained unchanged. The facade was cleaned and restored in 1980-81 by Beyer Blinder Belle.[3]

The Alwyn Court was designated a New York landmark in 1966, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2012, the Alwyn Court was prominently featured as the background to a GEICO commercial, in which a semi-naked bodybuilder was shown directing traffic on Seventh Avenue in front of the building.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S. (text); Postal, Matthew A. (text) (2009), Postal, Matthew A., ed., Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1 , p.126
  3. ^ a b White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000), AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.), New York: Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5 , p.269
  4. ^ Alpern, Andrew. Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan: An Illustrated History. New York: Dover, 1992.

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