440 West End Avenue, aka 440-444 West End Avenue, 267-275 West 81st Street



440 West End Avenue, aka 440-444 West End Avenue, 267-275 West 81st Street


Date: 1927-1928

NB Number: NB 450-1927

Type:  Apartment Building

Architect:  Schwartz & Gross

Developer/Owner/Builder: 1081 Park Avenue, Inc

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

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

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Renaissance Revival

Primary Facade:   Brick, Stone, and Terra Cotta

Stories: 15 and penthouse

Window Type/Material: See Alterations

Structure:  Significant Architectural Features: Stone base with round arched, keyed entrance with cartouche; metal and glass door with fanlight transom; quoins, two story colonnades with engaged pilasters and bas-relief spandrels above entrance and at 13th and 14th stories; stone or terra cotta stringcourses, lintels, and sills; Decorative Metal Work: Possibly historic railing at roof

Site Features: West End Avenue: grillwork hatch; West 81st Street: fuel pipe, diamond plate and grillwork hatches

Notable History and Residents: The actress Jill Clayburgh and her husband, the playwright David Rabe, were residents.

West Facade: Designed (historic, repointed) Door(s): Historic primary door Windows: Replaced Security Grilles: Not historic (upper stories) Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete Curb Material(s): Stone; concrete with metal nosing at corner Areaway Wall/Fence Materials: Stone wall with possibly historic fence at northwest corner

South Facade: Designed (historic) Facade Notes: Brick rooftop bulkheads (including water tank); chimney; windows replaced, one on first story with vent; non-historic metal grilles on first story; doors replaced; signage; doorbell/buzzer; stone cheek walls at service entrance; non-historic metal mesh gate, light and sign at service entrance; siamese hydrant; spigot; remote utility meter

North Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Brick; stone sills; possibly historic six-over-six windows at second story, others replaced; grilles first story; 15th story partially parged and partially replaced

East Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Tan and red brick, some replaced; chimney; bulkhead; windows replaced

Historic District: Riverside Drive-West End HD Extension I

Alterations: Windows replaced; some brickwork repointed and stone patched; marquee replaced; lights

References: Salwen, 303

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