370 Riverside Drive

(aka 317-327 West 109th Street)
 

370 Riverside Drive

 

 

Date: 1922

NB Number: 108-1922

Type:  Apartment Building

Architect:  Schwartz & Gross

Developer/Owner/Builder: 610 West 110th Street Corporation

NYC Landmarks Designation:  Historic District

Landmark Designation Report: Morningside Heights Historic District

National Register Designation: N/A

Primary Style:  Georgian Revival

Primary Facade:   Brick

Stories: 14

Historic District: Morningside Heights HD

Material(s): Brick; limestone; terra cotta

Status: Contributing

History, Significance and Notable Characteristics : This Georgian Revival apartment building at the northeast corner of West 109th Street and Riverside Drive was designed in 1922 by Schwartz & Gross and constructed for the 610 West 110th Street Corporation as Morningside Heights continued to develop as a neighborhood of middle-class apartment houses. The tripartite facade of red brick laid in Flemish bond features two-story entrance surrounds (south and west) incorporating fluted pilasters, entablatures with decorated frieze, and window surrounds with segmental-arched pediments and decorated tympana, various fenestration treatments including two-story, round- or segmental-arched, terracotta surrounds with carved spandrels and tympana or terra-cotta surrounds with fluted columns, molded entablature and carved spandrels, and two-story brick surrounds with brick spandrels, transitional stories at base and attic defined by full surrounds with decorative bands, balcony, cornice at 12th story, parapet with balustrades and decorative panels, all characteristic elements of the style. Notably, the west facade is angled to follow the curve of the street.

Site : Altered historic metal fence and gate and diamond plate ramp with railing at the service alley on
West 109th Street; grille on Riverside Drive

Street Sidewalk / Curb Materials: Concrete sidewalks and stone curbs

References: Office for Metropolitan History, “Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986,” (February 8, 2016)
http://www.MetroHistory.com; New York City, Department of Buildings, Dockets, NB 108-
1922.

Alterations: West 109th Street Facade: Brick repointed; terra-cotta painted and patched; water table painted; windows replaced; some basement windows infilled; fuel pipes through basement windows; canopy with mirrors; siamese standpipe; lights some with conduits; through-wall air conditioners; grilles at basement (metal mesh) and first story

Riverside Drive Facade: Brick repointed; terra-cotta painted and patched; water table painted; windows replaced, basement windows infilled; grilles at basement (metal mesh) and first story; through-wall air conditioners; lights with conduits

East Facade (partially visible): Patched and painted; windows replaced; grilles at basement; conduits; basement door replaced; light; wires; fire escape

North (rear) Facade (partially visible): Brick patched; windows replaced

 

 

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