The Colosseum (Manhattan)

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The Colosseum
1910 Colosseum (Manhattan) cropped.jpg
The Colosseum in 1910.
General information
Type Residential
Location 435-437 Riverside Drive, Morningside Heights, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Coordinates 40°46′04″N 73°59′00″W / 40.76770°N 73.98331°W / 40.76770; -73.98331
Completed 1910
Height 132.91 ft
Technical details
Floor count 10
Design and construction
Architecture firm Schwartz & Gross
Developer Paterno Brothers
References
[1]

The Colosseum is an apartment building located at 116th Street and Riverside Drive in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, New York City.

The building is noted for its curved façade (which isn't a style specific to New York buildings) and impressive marble lobby.[2] Across 116th Street, The Colosseum faces The Paterno, another building with a similar curved facade. The New York Times has said that the "opposing curves, (form) a gateway as impressive as any publicly built arch or plaza in New York."[3] The unusual curved facades are the result of an 1897 plan to make the land between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive into a public park in order to give veterans' parades a large park adjacent to Grant's Tomb as a terminus. The street was redesigned to enter the proposed park in a gracious curve, but the city never appropriated funds to buy the land.[3]

The Colosseum was designed by Schwartz & Gross and built by the Paterno Brothers, Charles and Joseph, in 1910. The luxury four-bedroom apartments with sweeping views of the Hudson River rented for $150 to $175 a month.[3]

Harlan Fiske Stone lived in the Colosseum when it was a private building. The Colosseum was later acquired by Columbia University. Among the distinguished members of the Columbia faculty who have lived here are David Weiss Halivni and Edward Said.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Colosseum". Emporis. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Horsley, Carter. "The Colosseum, 435 Riverside Drive", City Realty. Accessed 26 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Gray, Christopher (1999-08-15). "The Colosseum and the Paterno, 116th Street and Riverside Drive; At Curves in the Road, 2 Unusually Shaped Buildings". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

Coordinates: 40°46′04″N 73°59′00″W / 40.76770°N 73.98331°W / 40.76770; -73.98331