321 West 82nd Street



321 West 82nd Street


Date: 1892

NB Number: NB 39-1892

Type:  Rowhouse

Architect:  Mortimer P Thain

Developer/Owner/Builder: Henry Parsons

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 and Ironspot Roman Brick

Stories: 4 and basement

Window Type/Material: See Structure

Basement Type: Unknown

Stoop Type: Unknown

Structure:  Decorative Metal Work: Historic grille in transom of former entrance Significant Architectural Features: Two-story brownstone base, partially rock-faced at basement; first story windows with beaded chamfer moldings; stone oriel with beaded chamfer moldings and decorative base; round-arched windows with label molding;  stained glass transoms at first story

Site Features: Slate steps; diamond plate hatch; non-historic railings and fence; gooseneck pipe shouldered windows with stone lintel; cornice

South Facade: Designed (historic, painted, resurfaced) Stoop: Removed Door(s): Replaced primary door Windows: Mixed (upper stories); replaced (basement) Security Grilles: Mixed (upper stories); possibly historic (basement) Cornice: Historic Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete Curb Material(s): Stone Areaway Wall/Fence Materials: Non-historic metal fence on stone Areaway Paving Material: Stone

Historic District: Riverside Drive-West End HD Extension I

Alterations: Stoop removed and entrance relocated to basement (1925); historic entrance converted to a window; base and oriel painted; balustrade removed from oriel; upper stories cleaned; louvered vent in basement; light; conduits; sign; remote utility meters

History: Originally built as a single family home, by 1930 321 had become a rooming house. It was later converted into an apartment house. One of five row houses by Mortimer P. Thain, 321 was included in a proposed West 82nd Street Historic District, along with 310-316, 307-319, and 323-325 West 82nd Street, that was heard in 1986. In 1992 the Commission moved to take no action on the proposal. References: LPC Research files; New York City, Department of Buildings, ALT 368-1925; United States Census records, 1930.

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