86 Riverside Drive

aka 322 west 81st Street

  • 86 Riverside Drive D
  • 86 Riverside Drive C
  • 86 Riverside Drive B
  • 86 Riverside Drive A

86 Riverside Drive


Date: 1897-98

NB Number: NB 583-97

Type:  Townhouse

Architect:  True, Clarence

Developer/Owner/Builder: Clarence True

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

Landmark Designation Report: Riverside Drive- West 80th-81st Street Historic District

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Elizabethan Renaissance Revival

Primary Facade:   Rock-faced limestone facing

Stories: Four-and-one-half story

Window Type/Material: One-over-one wood sash windows; round-arched windows on the first floor; windows with keyed enframements on the second through fourth floors; round-arched on fourth floor; double window with decorative composite order pilasters and entablature on second floor at 81st Street;

Entrance: arcaded entry portico on Riverside Drive with decorative carving on piers, arches and entablature, and wrought-iron railing above; molded round-arched entry with doubleleaf wrought-iron and glass outer doors.

Roof Type/Material: complex with intesecting gables; tile; stepped end walls and chimneys;  gables with window with composite order half-pilasters with complex inwardly curved pediment with shield capped with round arch; decorative parapet on corner pavilion; complex dormer on Riverside Drive with pilasters and inwardly curved pediment surmounted by small triangular pediment; small pedimented dormer at side of West 81st Street gable.

Historic District: Riverside Drive - West 80th - 81st Street HD

Alterations: Iron railing added to entry portico; air conditioner placed in second floor window transom; one-over-one wood sash windows above entrance replaced by casements; aluminum storms added to many windows.

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