Architectural Gems of Lenox Hill
From Beaux-Arts icons, postmodern and deconstructivist stunners, and Renaissance Revival beauties, to famed Art Deco, colonial, Art Nouveau, and hypermodern creations, the history of New York City’s architecture is as diverse and vibrant as that of any other place on Earth. It’s a city constantly in flux, but with a rich tradition that informs — whether directly or indirectly — every structure that rises from its bustling streets.
Lenox Hill is home to several iconic buildings, including the neo-Georgian/modernist classic at 800 Fifth Avenue, where residents enter their Central Park luxury apartments through a breathtaking lobby punctuated by a gorgeous chandelier made from 1,000 glass tubes. This elegantly dramatic space feels almost as open and expansive as the park that sits right outside its doors. There is a cohesion among the elements of the design at work here that is often attempted but rarely achieved. The building is part of a rich architectural tradition that is on display throughout the neighborhood. And this is beautifully exemplified right across the street at the landmark Pierre hotel.
Built on the site of the Elbridge Gerry Mansion, The Pierre first opened its doors in 1930. The opulent 41-story Georgian-style monolith is famous for providing some of the best views of Central Park in the entire city; a luxury it shares with 800 Fifth Avenue. Since its doors opened, the hotel has been known for attracting celebrities — Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor owned, or frequently stayed in, suites here. The Pierre’s legendary rotunda, along with its spectacular mural, was restored in 2016, and has subsequently regained its stature as one of the most elegant and romantic event spaces in the city. Inside and out, the Pierre is a true gem.
Also nearby is The Frick Collection. The world-renowned museum is housed within the Beaux-Arts mansion of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Frick was one of the world’s premiere art collectors, and he willed his entire collection, which includes works by Rembrant, Renoir, Vermeer, Titian, and many others, along with his enormous estate, to New York City. Designed by architect Thomas Hastings, and completed in 1914, the Henry Clay Frick House, as it is known, is a pristinely preserved example of the lavish creations of the Gilded Age. The building is constructed largely from Indiana limestone. It is stately, imposing, luminous, and gorgeous. The home itself is a magnificent piece of art that, quite appropriately, houses magnificent pieces of art.
All of this is within walking distance of your luxury Central Park apartment at 800 Fifth Avenue.