Golden-hued 898 Park Avenue is a wonderful 14-story Romanesque building by the same architect who designed the 19-story Art Deco building across the street: both 1920s structures are luxury cooperative apartments.
(John Sloan also designed the Pershing Square Building, similar in color and style to 898 Park Avenue.)
The facade was restored in 2009; the building lost some of its original terra cotta decoration over the years, but what remains is still impressive and beautiful.
When built, 898 Park Avenue had just eight units according to Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan: Six full-floor duplex apartments on the upper floors, a one-floor apartment on the second floor, and a doctor’s suite on the ground floor. According to City Realty’s listing, the building is still limited to only 10 apartments.
At this writing (February 6, 2014), two of those apartments are available: A two-bedroom unit for $6 million and a four-bedroom apartment for $9 million.
898 Park Avenue Vital Statistics
- Location: 898 Park Avenue at E 79th Street
- Year completed: 1923
- Architect: John Sloan and Adolph E. Nast
- Floors: 14
- Style: neo-Romanesque
- New York City Landmark: 1981 (Upper East Side Historic District)
898 Park Avenue Recommended Reading
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report pg. 1145 (pdf pg. 457)
- The New York Times Streetscapes | Park Avenue and 79th Street | The Lack of Resemblance Is Completely Intentional (March 12, 2009)
- City Realty review
- Brown Harris Stevens listing (includes floorplan, interior photos)
- Emporis database
- Andrew Alpern, New York’s Fabulous Luxury Apartments, (New York: Dover, 1987), pp. 100-101
- Andrew Alpern, Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan, (New York: Dover, 1992), pp. 140-144