545 West End Avenue, AKA 541-551 West End Avenue; 301 West 86th Street

The Florence

545 West End Avenue


Date: 1924-1925

NB Number: NB 422-1924

Type:  Apartment Building

Architect:  Pelham, George F.

Developer/Owner/Builder: Omaha Realty Company

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

Structure:  Significant Architectural Features: Two story rusticated stone base; two story entrance enframement with pilasters supporting a carved entablature; decorative lintel; metal and glass door; windows of outer bays with brick surrounds; terra cotta sill courses with bas-relief swags at sixth and 14th stories; bracketed cornice with anthemia; possibly historic lights

Site Features: Pipe

Other Structures on Site: Two-car garage (ALT 1829-1969)

East Facade: Designed (historic, some brick replaced) Door(s): Possibly historic primary door Windows: Replaced (upper stories); replaced (basement) Cornice: Historic Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete Curb Material(s): Stone; concrete with metal nosing at corner

South Facade: Designed (historic) Facade Notes: Some brick replaced; double leaf wood door and transom; stone steps; possibly historic half-grilles at first and fifth story; windows replaced, basement windows with wood panels; through-wall air conditioners; siamese hydrant and remote utility meter; possibly historic gate with non-historic signage and light at service entrance; concrete sidewalk and concrete curb with metal nosing

North Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Brick, some replaced; windows replaced; chimney; pergola; water tank on metal structure; non-historic railing

West Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible) Facade Notes: Yellow brick, some replaced; stone base (painted); stone sills; windows replaced, one at basement with metal plate, one at sixth story with louvered vent; grille at first story altered for air conditioner; conduits, lights cables, security camera, doorbell; concrete-paved driveway; two-story garage with stepped parapet, openings altered, single metal door

Historic District: Riverside Drive-West End HD Extension I

Alterations: Brick partially replaced; balconies removed, fronts cut and reattached to wall as decoration; basement window replaced with wood panels; through-wall air conditioners; marquee replaced; garden with pergolas on roof; doorbell; mirrors; perforated vent; siamese hydrant


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