255 West 95th Street, aka 253-255 West 95th Street



255 West 95th Street, aka 253-255 West 95th Street


Date: 1898-1899

NB Number: NB 938-1898

Type:  Flats

Architect:  Steinmetz, Christian

Developer/Owner/Builder: Kate C Brown

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

Landmark Designation Report:Riverside Drive– West End Historic District Extension II

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Renaissance Revival

Primary Facade:   Roman Brick, Stone, and Terra Cotta

Stories: 7 and penthouse

Window Type/Material: See Structure

Structure:  Significant Architectural Features: Single concrete step with number embedded; rusticated stone base; fourth through sixth stories with stone or terra cotta quoins, seventh story with terra cotta string course and banding in Greek key design; cheek walls with scrolls; two story fluted pilasters supporting a denticulated entablature; entrance with molded surround, cartouche, carved frieze, and cornice; second story windows with paneled pilasters; windows at upper stories with flared lintels with paneled end blocks and keystones; bracketed cornice

Building Notes: The building served as an SRO from the 1940s through the 1970s. It was reconverted to apartments in 1980; it is likely that the penthouse was added at the time. (CO28000-1941; CO 82320-2015)

Site Features: Non-historic fences and gates; concrete stairs (east); diamond plate stairs with railing (west)

South Facade: Designed (historic, painted) Door(s): Replaced primary door Windows: Replaced (upper stories); replaced (basement) Security Grilles: Not historic (upper stories); not historic (basement) Cornice: Historic Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete Curb Material(s): Stone Areaway Wall/Fence Materials: Metal Areaway Paving Material: Concrete

East Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Brick; brick chimney; penthouse

West Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Brick, painted, parged; windows replaced; non-historic fence on roof; chimneys; fire escape; penthouse

North Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Fire escapes; penthouses

Historic District: Riverside-West End Historic District Extension II

Alterations: : Some windows altered for air conditioners; lights; intercom; remote utility meter; through-wall air conditioner at basement


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