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Audubon Park Historic District

New York Landmark Preservation Foundation

 
 
Audubon Park Historic District Marker, front image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 3, 2019
1. Audubon Park Historic District Marker, front
Inscription.  
Impressive early 20th-century apartment houses, curving streets, and dramatic vistas all contribute to Audubon Park’s unique sense of place. The area’s namesake, naturalist and illustrator John James Audubon (1785-1851), purchased a farm here in 1841. The arrival of the IRT subway line in 1904 spurred the construction of new apartment houses, which were marketed as modern and elegant addresses in the tradition of the grand apartment house to the South. Buildings were exuberantly designed in the popular residential styles of the period, including Beaux-Arts, Renaissance and Medieval Revival, and Arts and Crafts. Well-known, local architecture firms, such as Emory Roth, George F. Pelham, George & Edward Blum, and Neville & Bagge, created distinctive designs for buildings with names that recall the area’s history or imparted a sense of romance or stature, such as the Grinnell, Cragmoor, Riviera, Rhinecliff, and Hispania Hall.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
 
Location. 40° 50.068′ N, 73° 56.878′ W. Marker is in New York
Audubon Park Historic District Marker, back image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 3, 2019
2. Audubon Park Historic District Marker, back
, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Drive and West 156th Street, on the right when traveling south on Riverside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 775 Riverside Drive, New York NY 10032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church of Our Lady of Esperanza (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Audubon Terrace Historic District (about 600 feet away); The Church of the Intercession (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Main Line of Defences (approx. 0.2 miles away); Middle Redoubt of the American Army   1776 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Line of Defence (approx. half a mile away); The John T. Brush Stairway (approx. half a mile away); Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  The Lost John James Audubon House. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry (Submitted on November 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
The Vauxhall, at 780 Riverside Drive image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 4, 2019
3. The Vauxhall, at 780 Riverside Drive
The Grinnell, at 800 Riverside Drive image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 3, 2019
4. The Grinnell, at 800 Riverside Drive
The Riviera, at 790 Riverside Drive image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 10, 2019
5. The Riviera, at 790 Riverside Drive
John James Audubon gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 3, 2019
6. John James Audubon gravesite
The area's namesake in the nearby Trinity Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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