817 West End Avenue (aka 815-817 West End Avenue; 300-304 West 100th Street)


817 West End Avenue

Bennington Corners

Date: 1909-10

NB Number: NB 772-1909

Borough of Manhattan Tax Map Information: Block 1888, Lot 7503

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: Upper West Side - Central Park West HD

Decorative Metal Work: Historic metal-and-glass door and transom; possibly historic fence at stoop

Significant Architectural Features: Stone base, rusticated at third story; granite stoop; two-story columned entrance surround with entablature; round-arched entrance, high-relief decoration in spandrels, carved mullions in window above door; balconies with balustrades or openwork walls supported on scrolled brackets; Greek key molding at third story; windows with flared white brick or decorated terra-cotta lintels on fourth through eighth stories; windows at ninth story with lintels with elaborate decoration; cornice above 10th story; windows at 10th through 12th stories with terra-cotta surrounds, carved spandrels at 12th story; brick and terra-cotta parapet with frieze with roundels, high-relief plaques with peacocks and pendants at corners, smaller plaques across front at openings in the parapet wall

Alterations: Decorative openings in parapet partially replaced; copper balcony removed; grilles at basement reinforced with metal mesh; lights; non-historic stoop railings; siamese hose connection

Building Notes: One of pair of apartments known collectively as the Bennington Corners. Originally lot number 74, it is now condo lots 1101-1177.

Site Features: Pipe railing with stone posts; gooseneck pipe; areaway decked over and concrete-paved

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

North Facade: Designed (historic)
Facade Notes: Two pavilions with designed light court; facade similar to primary facade; windows replaced (except basement); non-historic grilles; remote utility meter; light court: brick basement; upper brick facade repointed, patched, parged; two doors at basement; lintels on east and south side of court flared brick, except terra-cotta at 12th story; west side of court terra-cotta; cables, conduits and leaders in court; plaque at parapet partially removed Site: pipe railing with stone posts; metal fence across concrete-paved light court; concrete steps to service entrance with pipe railing; reinforced, possibly historic fence and gate across service alley; pipe; concrete sidewalk and stone curb

South Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible)
Facade Notes: Brick; stone lintels and sills; windows replaced

West Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible)
Facade Notes: Yellow brick except at return; windows replaced, window at basement infilled; lights; conduits; junction box Site: concrete-paved areaway; diamond plate staircase with metal railing

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