One of the New York’s grandest apartment buildings, this 12-story limestone palazzo has only one apartment per floor. This magnificent and finely detailed building is one of the stateliest and most expensive apartment buildings on Fifth Avenue and was the residence of Governor Alfred E. Smith, who enjoyed nightly walks in the Central Park Zoo just across the avenue.
Each apartment has a 44-foot-long gallery, five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, 7 servants’ rooms and five fireplaces and large entertaining areas.The facades are broken into five sections by four prominent stringcourses and the centers of the east and south facades have large balustraded balconies. The Fifth Avenue corner has a rounded column quoin and the building has lush sidewalk landscaping and a very handsome, canopied entrance flanked by bronze lanterns. Because of Central Park views, its small number of units, its palatial apartments, and its location close to midtown and on a quiet sidestreet, this is one of the supreme residential addresses in the world.