The Top 5 Art Deco-Designed Residential Buildings in NYC

There are hundreds of Art Deco buildings of all types in New York City; the majority of them were built in the 20s and 30s.

Two major symbols infusing the Deco inspiration are Nature and the Machine. The architecture encapsulates the spirit of technological developments and the integration of the arts with industrial culture.

The two most prominent Art Deco-styled buildings in New York are Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building.

Four of the Top 5 Art Deco-designed residential buildings in NYC are on Central Park West.  Central Park West is the most architecturally distinct area in NYC.

Majestic – 115 Central Park West
55 Central Park West
Eldorado – 300 Central Park West
Ardsley – 320 Central Park West
River House – 435 East 52nd Street

The Majestic at 115 Central Park West


The Majestic at 115 Central Park West, between 71st and 72nd Streets, was designed by Jacques Delamarre and Rene Chambellan 

Two twin towers extend from the structure’s base. The tops of the towers feature a Cubist element of simultaneous planes with intersecting vertical and horizontal forms.

The vertical forms rise to the top creating an abstract, space-age crenellation like sculptured outline in the sky.

Some notable former residents include Milton BerleConan O’Brien and Marc Jacobs.

Unit 12E at 115 Central Park West is on the market for $8.85 million. This 3-bedroom, 4-bath apartment faces Central Park.
Unit 10G at 115 Central Park West is on the market for $6.175 million. This 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath apartment faces the famed Dakota building across the street.

55 Central Park West

Designed by renowned architects, Schwartz & Gross55 Central Park West between 65th and 66th Streets is commonly known at the “Ghostbusters Building” because scenes from the 1984 film Ghostbusters were shot there.

A futurist composition is employed with applied decoration, geometric shapes, and the use of repetitive, crenellated geometric-like finials at each setback level that stimulates upward movement.

 In a blended, neopolitan-like style, the bricks on the façade of the building evolve from a maroon color at the base to light tan at the top.

A few celebrities have called 55 Central Park West home, including Ginger RogersCalvin KleinDavid Geffen and Donna Karan.

No apartments are currently for sale in the building however unit 9B at 55 Central Park West is in contract. The 900 sq ft, 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment’s asking price was $1.3 million.




The Eldorado at 300 Central Park West


Emery Roth in collaboration with architects Margon & Holder designed the Eldorado at 300 Central Park West between 90th and 91st Streets.

Built in 1931, the Eldorado is one of the foremost Art Deco structures in the city with its notably sculptured twin towers that feature a series of setbacks, vertical pier formations, and futuristic-looking, cone-shaped finials.

This prestigious building has been home to Marilyn MonroeFaye DunawayGroucho MarxMichael J. FoxRon Howard and Moby.

Unit 3C at 300 Central Park West is on the market for $375 million. This 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartment is south-facing and features high ceilings.
Unit 4D at 300 Central Park West is on the market for $10.9 million. This 3,150 sq ft, 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath apartment features 50-feet of frontage facing Central Park.

The Ardsley at 320 Central Park West


Designed by renowned architect, Emery Roth and built in 1931, the Ardsley at 320 Central Park West is located between 91st and 92nd Streets.

Textural varieties were used for Deco patterns through the intricate laying of courses and brickwork
is laid out in decorative patterns. Two tripartite vertical bands thrust upward on each side of the building stimulating movement. The top portion of the building features a series of setbacks and projections providing outdoor space for some of the apartments.

Barbara Streisand used to own the penthouse in the building.

There are no apartments currently for sale in the building. According to StreetEasy, the average sale price in the building is close to $2.5 million.


River House at 435 East 52nd Street


Designed by Bottomley, Wagner & White and imbued with Classicism and an Art Deco-style, the River House at 435 East 52nd Street by the East River, is one of the most exclusive residential buildings in Manhattan.

The U-shaped plan of the River House consists of two 15-story wings, a 27-story tower, two courtyards and a grand entrance gate facing south.

The aristocratic hauteur and buttoned-up manner in which the co-op building is run has resulted in the rejections of persons such as Gloria VanderbiltRichard Nixon and Diane Keaton.

Unit 22/23 at 435 East 52nd Street is on the market for $18.5 million. This private-tower, duplex residence features 7-bedroom, 6.5 baths, and 18th century Italian inspired design throughout.
Unit 16C at 435 East 52nd Street is on the market for $11.75 million. This residence features 3-bedroom, 3.5 baths, and a large terrace with city and East River views.

 

People who have passed the rigorous standards set forth by the building’s co-op board include Henry KissingerClare Boothe LuceCharlie Chaplin and Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney.