CityRealty Announces Top 10 New York City Apartment Buildings Designed by Rosario Candela

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Architecture expert and CityRealty editor Carter B. Horsley picks the best New York City apartment buildings designed by Italian architect Rosario Candela, in honor of Candela's March birthday.

CityRealty, a leading New York City apartment search and resource site, today announced its list of top 10 New York City apartment buildings designed by Italian architect Rosario Candela. Born March 7, 1890 in Sicily, Candela is known for designing some of New York’s most highly-regarded apartment buildings in the 1920s, which still today are among the most desirable addresses in the city.

“A pre-war Rosario Candela apartment building set the standard for luxury in New York City in terms of layouts, construction and exterior appearance,” said Carter B. Horsley, CityRealty editor and architecture expert, who developed the list.

Top 10 New York City Apartment Buildings Designed by Rosario Candela
By Carter B. Horsley

1.    834 Fifth Avenue
This sumptuous, 16-story cooperative building completed in 1931 is widely considered one of Candela’s greatest luxury apartment designs. With only 24 apartments—all large and mostly two per floor—the building’s limestone-clad façade is rusticated at its base, and it has some Art Deco-style cartouches.

2.    960 Fifth Avenue
Perhaps the grandest of the pre-war luxury apartment buildings on Fifth Avenue, this replaced the 121-room mansion of Senator William Clark in 1928. Candela worked with Warren & Wetmore on the building’s design. The 12-story, 19-unit cooperative building has an impressive restaurant, known as The Georgian Suite. The building’s location, away from busy cross-streets and crowded museums, appeals to those who crave exclusivity and magnificence.

3.    720 Park Avenue
Considered by some architectural purists as being incoherent due to its inconsistent design elements, 720 Park Avenue delights most New Yorkers who fancy the curious, are accustomed to chaos, and applaud the individual and eccentric. This 17-story building, developed in 1928, has 34 cooperative apartments. Candela designed it with Cross & Cross.

4.    740 Park Avenue
This elegant 19-story building with 35 co-op apartments represents muted luxury: its polished granite entrance reeks of the prospects of satin sheets and the promise of the echoes of fine crystal. Its considerable architectural detail includes some "peacock" balcony railings on the upper floors, some cartouches and the marvelous incised entrance columns. When it was built in 1930, most of the apartments were duplexes, but some, such as the one designed for John D. Rockefeller Jr., were sumptuous triplexes. Candela teamed up with Arthur Louis Harmon of Shreve, Lamb & Harmon for this building’s design.

5.    770 Park Avenue
Forming a pair of towers with Candela’s 778 Park Avenue across 73rd Street, 770 Park Avenue is a 19-story Georgian-style confection developed in 1930. Its H-shaped plan maximizes light and air for each of its 41 apartments.

6.    778 Park Avenue
With a four-story limestone base, 778 Fifth Avenue has 18 stories and 18 grand cooperative apartments. When it was built in 1930, it replaced an apartment house known as Sunnyside, and reportedly at times assumed the same name.

7.    One Sutton Place South
Completed in 1927, One Sutton Place South has an elegant triple-arched entrance driveway that opens to a lobby that, in turn, opens to a private garden facing the East River. This exclusive, free-standing and handsome building with Italian Renaissance detailing has 14 stories and 26 co-op apartments. Cross & Cross joined Candela on its design.

8.    133 East 80th Street
With its gargoyles and battlements and fine roof-top water-tank enclosure, this is one of Lexington Avenue’s most distinguished apartment buildings. The 14-story, brown-brick building was erected in 1930 and is a cooperative with only 26 apartments. Nice wrought-iron doors and attractive wall lanterns flank the canopied entrance.

9.    19 East 72nd Street
This fine building, clad entirely in limestone, has perhaps the best base in the city. It is sinuous. The very graceful and subtle arcs of the base’s curves are superbly proportioned and soften what would otherwise be the traditionally hard edges of the building. This 17-story cooperative building was completed in 1937 and has 40 apartments. It was designed by Candela and Mott B. Schmidt.

10.    2 East 67th Street
This handsome, limestone-clad apartment building was erected in 1928 and converted to a cooperative in 1953. Designed in Italian-Renaissance-palazzo style, it has only 15 apartments. It is one of the city's premier addresses in part because it is close to many of the city's most fashionable boutiques and restaurants along Madison Avenue, although its location at an entrance to a Central Park transverse road makes for considerable traffic and noise.

About Carter B. Horsley
Mr. Horsley, editor of CityRealty, writes ¬¬¬¬“Carter’s View on Manhattan Real Estate” and his popular “CityRealty’s Top 10 Buildings” lists. Prior to joining the online real estate and apartment search site, he spent 26 years writing for The New York Times as a real estate and architecture news reporter. In addition, he produced the syndicated radio program, “The Front Page of Tomorrow’s New York Times,” which was a WQXR standard. He later served as real estate editor and architectural critic for The New York Post and International Herald Tribune.

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