309 West 82nd Street

309 West 82nd Street


Date: 1887-1888

NB Number: NB 479-1887

Type:  Rowhouse

Architect:  Berg & Clark

Developer/Owner/Builder: Charles Berg

Row Configuration: ABCBA

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

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

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Romanesque Revival

Primary Facade:   Brownstone, Ironspot Roman Brick, and Terra Cotta

Stories: 4 and basement

Window Type/Material: See Structure

Structure:   Significant Architectural Features:Round-arched windows at first story; two story brownstone base, rock face ashlar at basement, and rock faced banding; four story rounded bay; slightly curved stoop; round-arched entrance; brick soldier course lintels at second and third stories; large copper sided hipped dormer with copper columns; small copper-sided dormer with projecting polygonal roof; brick chimney; stepped gables at party walls.

Site Features: Non-historic fence and gate on concrete curb; diamond plate hatch; metal storage bin for trash receptacles; gooseneck pipe

South Facade: Designed (historic, resurfaced, repointed, cleaned) Door(s): Replaced primary door Windows: Replaced (upper stories); replaced (basement) Security Grilles: Not historic (upper stories); not historic (basement) Roof: Pitched – asphalt shingles (replaced) Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete Curb Material(s): Stone Areaway Wall/Fence Materials: Non-historic metal fence and gate Areaway Paving Material: Concrete

Historic District: Riverside Drive-West End HD Extension I

Alterations: Facade cleaned, some resurfacing of brownstone; copper on dormers replaced; through-wall air conditioners; stoop railing; railing on bay; leader; intercom; house number; light; wires; remote utility meters; spigot

History: Built as single family dwellings, in 1930 307-313 were operated by Alice Ferguson as boarding houses for women. In 1950, while the new owner Gallivan Gables, Inc. continued to offer furnished rooms on the upper stories, the first story and basement were converted into two apartments each. In 1969, the entire building was converted into apartments. One of five row houses in an ABCBA pattern by Berg & Clark, no. 309 was included in a proposed West 82nd Street Historic District, along with 310-316 and 307, 311-325 West 82nd Street, that was heard in 1986. In 1992 the Commission moved to take no action on the proposal.

References: LPC, Research files; NYC, Department of Buildings, Certificates of Occupancy 41742, October 16, 1953, 70314, March 30, 1971, 88967, July 30, 1986; U. S. Census records, 1930.

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