840 West End Avenue

aka West End Hall (aka 840-848 West End Avenue; 257-259 West 101st Street)

840 West End Avenue

West End Hall


Date: 1904

NB Number: NB 173-1904

Type:  Apartment Building

Architect:  Pelham, George F.

Developer/Owner/Builder: West Side Construction Co.

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

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

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Renaissance Revival

Primary Facade:   Ironspot Roman Brick and Stone

Stories: 6

Historic District: Riverside-West End Historic District Extension II

Decorative Metal Work: Historic fire escape

Significant Architectural Features: Rusticated first and sixth stories; brick quoins; portico with paired Ionic columns and pilasters supporting an entablature and balcony; entrance surround with tresse molding; segmental-arched windows at fifth story; stone sills and lintels, lintels at second through fifth stories flared with scrolled keystones (bay of small windows without keystones); pressed metal cornice with swag- and triglyph-decorated frieze and brackets

Alterations: Balcony altered for fire escape extension ladder; second fire escape; lights; cellular telephone antennas; fence around planters; cameras with conduits; basement window replaced with louvered vent

Building Notes: Original balustraded parapet removed prior to the 1939-40 tax photograph. At the time of designation, there is a sidewalk shed in place.

Site Features: Non-historic fence and gate on stone curb

West Facade: Designed (historic)
Porch(es): Historic
Door(s): Replaced primary door
Windows: Replaced (upper stories); replaced (basement)
Security Grilles: Possibly historic (basement)
Cornice: Historic
Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete
Curb Material(s): Stone
Areaway Wall/Fence Materials: Metal
Areaway Paving Material: Concrete

South Facade: Designed (historic)
Facade Notes: Similar to primary facade; stained-glass window; private entrance with nonhistoric diamond plate stoop with metal railings; intercom; awning; door replaced; possibly historic door at basement; windows replaced, three at basement infilled; possibly historic grilles at basement, non-historic at first story, some altered for air conditioners historic fire escape; conduits; pipes; remote utility meters Site: metal fence and gate; concrete sidewalk; stone curb

East Facade: Not designed (historic) (partially visible)
Facade Notes: Brick, parged at base; clay coping; stone sills; windows replaced; grilles at first story; conduit; cellular phone antennas

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