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Osborne Apartments

New York City Designated Landmark

 
 
Osborne Apartments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 24, 2017
1. Osborne Apartments Marker
Inscription. The Osborne Apartments, built from 1883-85 to designs by James E. Ware, survives today as one of New York's rare, early luxury apartment buildings, located just south of Central Park in one of the City's first apartment districts. The Osborne's heavy, rusticated stone facade, combining Romanesque Revival elements with the refinement and proportions of the emerging Renaissance Revival, makes it one of the most striking of its kind in the City. Its location on West 57th Street, near Carnegie Hall and other cultural and artistic institutions, has helped make it popular with musicians and artists. A western extension, designed by Alfred S.G. Taylor in 1906, harmonizes with the original design.
 
Erected 1994 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
 
Location. 40° 45.95′ N, 73° 58.821′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of West 57th Street and 7th Avenue on West 57th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 West 57th, New York NY 10019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leonard Bernstein (here, next to this marker); Rodin Studios (within shouting distance of this marker); Alwyn Court Apartments (within shouting distance of this marker);
Osborne Apartments Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 24, 2017
2. Osborne Apartments Marker - Wide View
The Osborne Apartments and Leonard Bernstein markers are visible to the right of the building entrance, and the National Register of Historic Places plaque is visible to the left of the entrance.
a different marker also named Alwyn Court Apartments (within shouting distance of this marker); 163-165 West 57th Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 130 West 57th Street (about 600 feet away); Maine Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); To Christopher Columbus (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Osborne Apartments (Wikipedia). "The Osborne is a historic apartment building located at 205 West 57th Street at the corner of Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The Osborne began construction in 1883 and was completed in 1885. It was made a New York City landmark in 1991, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993....The unusually richly decorated lobby, in American Renaissance taste, has stuccoed and mosaic-tiled walls, floors that mix tile mosaics and slabs of varicolored Italian marble. Complementary marble was used for the wainscoting and carved marble recesses with benches. Mosaics and glazed terracotta "Della Robbia" panels cover the walls and ceilings in rich hues of red, blue and gold leaf. with contributions by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the great sculptor of the American Renaissance,
Osborne Apartments National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 24, 2017
3. Osborne Apartments National Register of Historic Places Plaque
the muralist John La Farge, glass by Tiffany Studios and French designer Jacob Adolphus Holzer....The Osborne was uniquely designed with 11 stories on the south-facing 57th Street front, containing the parade rooms of the apartments—foyers, parlors, dining rooms, with 14-foot ceilings—and 14 stories on the back, where bedrooms and private baths were either up or down a flight of seven steps, and the ceilings were just over 8 feet high. In 1891, the 11th-floor attic, which occupied the southern section of the building only, was extended to the north edge of the building to provide additional servants quarters, making it now 15 stories in the rear. About half of the spacious Gilded Age apartments, originally just four to a floor, in a variety of spatial configurations with separate servant quarters, have been subdivided since World War I. Floors are of parquet with banded edgings, fireplaces richly carved with tiled surrounds. Insulated walls thirty inches thick insulate apartments from neighbors' noise." (Submitted on February 8, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Osborne Apartments image. Click for full size.
Geo. P. Hall & Sons (photo courtesy of the New York Historical Society), circa 1905
4. The Osborne Apartments
The Osborne Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 24, 2017
5. The Osborne Apartments
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 8, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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