333 West 86th Street, AKA 331-341 West 86th Street

Franklin Towers (later Cambridge House Hotel)



333 West 86th Street, 331-341 West 86th Street


Date: 1925-1927

NB Number: NB 552-1925

Type:  Apartment Hotel

Architect:  William I. Hohauser

Developer/Owner/Builder: C S & K Construction Co, Inc

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

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

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Georgian Revival

Primary Facade:   Brick, Stone, and Terra Cotta

Stories: 20 and penthouse

Structure:  Significant Architectural Features: English bond; marble surrounds at first and second stories; terra cotta plaques; third story with terra cotta window enframements and decorations; balconies at eighth and 12th stories; terra cotta enframements with pilasters, decorative spandrels and entablature at 14th-16th stories, windows in side bays recessed; urns; center pavilion above 16th story with three round arched windows with paneled tympana; Ionic columns and fluted arch; side bays recessed with terra cotta friezes and panels; Special Windows: Palladian window; Decorative Metal Work: Possibly historic metal grilles at basement

Building Notes: Fiberglass reproductions of the buildings original roof top urns were installed in 2011.

Site Features: Handicapped access ramp; grilles; siamese hydrant

Notable History and Residents: No. 333 West 86th Street was built as an apartment hotel, known as Franklin Towers that offered residents amenities such as a sun room, roof garden, and hotel service. In the 1950s it was renamed the Cambridge House Hotel. In 1997, slightly less than half occupied by rent stabilized tenants, the building was leased to Kapson Senior Quarters Corporation and Philips International Holding Company who began converting its unoccupied apartments into assisted-living units and renovating the common areas. With its mix of rent stabilized and assisted-living residents, 333 is now known as the Atria West 86, operated by Atria Senior Living, Inc

South Facade: Designed (historic, partially repointed) Door(s): Replaced primary door; replaced service door; non-historic glass door at ramp Windows: Replaced Cornice: Historic Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete Curb Material(s): Concrete with metal nosing

East Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Red and yellow brick, parged, patched, and replaced; bulkhead; dunnage; water tank; windows replaced; solarium; pipes

West Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Red and yellow brick, parged, patched, and replaced; chimney; windows replaced; security fence between buildings

North Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Yellow brick, patched, parged, or replaced; multiple setbacks; windows replaced; possibly historic railings; non-historic fence at roof; rooftop bulkhead, equipment, vents, pipes

Historic District: Riverside Drive-West End HD Extension I

Alterations: Entrance altered, resurfaced with marble; marquee replaced; window reconfigured as entrance for ramp; former secondary entrance reconfigured as window, non-matching stone bulkhead; generator, water tank, retractable rolling enclosure, and air conditioning compressors on roof; decorative urns replaced; lights; perforated vent; hydrant; remote utility meter

References: Classified Ad, NYT, October 8, 1954, 45; David W. Dunlap, “After Uproar, Urns Com Back. But They Lost Some Weight,” NYT, November 17, 2011, A24; Rachelle Garbarine, “Luxury Assisted Living on the Upper West Side,” NYT, October 24, 1997, B8.

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