801 West End Avenue: Bennington Corners

(aka 301 West 99th Street)

801 West End Avenue


Date: 1910-11

NB Number: NB 5-1910

Borough of Manhattan Tax Map Information: Block 1888, Lot 67

Type:  Apartment Building

Architect:  Neville & Bagge

Developer/Owner/Builder: Guide Realty Co.

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

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

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Beaux-Arts

Primary Facade:   Brick, Stone, and Terra Cotta

Stories: 12

Historic District: Riverside-West End Historic District Extension II

Decorative Metal Work: Copper balcony at cornice; possibly historic torchères at entrance; possibly historic fences

Significant Architectural Features: Stone base, rusticated at third story; columned entrance surround with entablature; balconies with balustrades or openwork walls supported on scrolled brackets; Greek key molding at third story; windows with flared white brick or decorated, eared terra-cotta lintels on fourth through eighth stories; windows at ninth story with eared lintels with elaborate decorative overlay; band course above 10th story; windows at 10th through 12th story with terra-cotta surrounds, carved spandrels at 12th story; stepped parapet with copper balcony and frieze with roundels; high relief plaques with peacocks and pendants at corners, smaller plaques across front at openings in the parapet wall

Alterations: Non-historic hand rails at stoop; metal mesh grilles at basement; marquee; plaque; remote utility meter; siamese connection; sign; spigot

Building Notes: One of a pair of apartment houses known collectively as Bennington Corners. The entablature of the entrance may once have had a railing. At time of designation, parapet and facade repair continues, the building is shrouded in netting, the copper balcony at the cornice is not visible.

Site Features: Possibly historic pipe railing with stone posts; areaway decked over and paved with concrete

East Facade: Designed (historic, painted)
Stoop: Possibly historic
Door(s): Historic primary door
Windows: Replaced (upper stories); possibly historic (basement)
Security Grilles: Not historic (basement)
Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete
Curb Material(s): Stone; concrete with metal edge at corner

North Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible)
Facade Notes: Brick, parged, patched; stone lintels and wills; windows replaced

South Facade: Designed (historic)
Facade Notes: Two pavilions with light court; similar to primary facade; brick repointed; fifthstory balconies removed; windows mixed, some possibly historic windows at basement; possibly historic fence across light court; spigot; some grilles altered with mesh Site: pipe
railing with stone posts; altered possibly historic gate at areaway on west; concrete sidewalk; concrete curb with metal edge

West Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible)
Facade Notes: Yellow brick, except at return; stone lintels and sills; windows replaced; vents; lights; conduits; non-historic grilles altered for air conditioners; pipe; metal chimney


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