250 West 71st Street
NB Number: NB 515-1892
Architect: Thom & Wilson
Developer/Owner/Builder: J. A. Frame
Row Configuration: Part of a row of ten houses (236 through 254 West 71st Street), designed to appear as five independent, non-identical pairs. Nine of the houses remain (nos. 238 through 254). This building’s “partner” is no. 248. This pair is nearly identical in appearance to the pair at nos. 240 and 242 (this pair retains more details).
NYC Landmarks Designation: Historic District
Landmark Designation Report: Addendum to the West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension Designation Report
National Register Designation: N/A
Primary Style: Renaissance Revival with alterations
Primary Facade: Brownstone
Stories: 3 and basement
Historic District: West End-Collegiate HD Extension
Significant Architectural Features: Molded surround at original main entry with cartouche keystone, surmounted by bas relief foliate and mask details; molded window surrounds with rounded corners at first and third stories; molded lintels at second story supported on small cherub-faced corbels; bracketed cornice with wreaths at frieze.
Alterations: Stoop removed, original main entry converted to window opening, and new main entry, including Classical portico, installed at basement level (after c. 1939 tax photograph but prior to c. 1980s tax photograph); replaced sashes (though possibly historic wood window frames); window screens at some window openings; non-historic infill at openings beneath basement window openings; light fixture at new main entry.
Building Notes: Historic security grilles at openings beneath basement window openings.
Site Features: Non-historic concrete or cast-stone posts with pyramidal caps at entrance to areaway (after c. 1980s tax photograph); concrete stairs descend into areaway; high-walled planting beds within areaway.
North Facade: Designed (historic, painted, resurfaced)
Door(s): Replaced primary door
Windows: Replaced (upper stories); replaced (basement)
Security Grilles: Possibly historic (basement)
Areaway Wall/Fence Material(s): Masonry walls and coping (painted)
Areaway Paving Material(s): Concrete
Sidewalk Material(s): Concrete
Curb Material(s): Concrete and metal