323 West 87th Street

323 West 87th Street


Date: 1889

NB Number: NB 70-1889

Type:  Rowhouse

Architect:  Minuth, Francis A.

Developer/Owner/Builder: John and David Dunn

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

Landmark Designation Report: Riverside Drive- West End Historic District

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Renaissance Revival

Primary Facade:   Brownstone

Stories: 3 and basement

Basement Type: Raised

Stoop Type: Unknown

Roof Type/Material: Mansard/Unknown

Structure: Masonry bearing walls; at the western side of the facade, No. 323 is distinguished by a projecting three-sided bay capped by a wrought-iron railing, below multi pane French doors with an arched transom at the third story. The house has quarry-face brownstone at the basement and retains its stoop with what may be original wrought-iron banisters. In the western bay of the mansard roof, above the pressed-metal cornice, is a mansard dormer with a single arched window.

Historic District: Riverside Drive - West 80th - 81st Street HD

Alterations: The building has been painted white. The windows of the basement, parlor, and second stories, and French door of the third story, have aluminum replacement sash. The multi-pane door may not be original.The grilles at the basement and parlor stories and the iron rails at the area way are not original. There is a light fixture beside the door.

History: The houses at Nos. 323 and 325 West 87th Street are the survivors of a five house row which originally extended from No. 317 to No. 325. This row was designed by F.A. Minuth for John & David Dunn, developers active in the construction of such rows in the district, and built between February and November of 1889. The row was broken in 1926 when Nos. 317, 319, and 321 were demolished for the erection of a nine-story apartment building.
Selected Reference: New York City Department of Taxes Photograph Collection, Municipal Archives and Record Collection, E1296.


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