Towne House stands out in the Murray Hill Historic District. Amid blocks of low rise brownstones, Towne House towers 25 floors in Art Deco brick. It replaced five mid-1800s row houses, and touched off a lawsuit by neighbors who tried to block construction.
Despite its height and architectural style, at street level the building does blend in with the block; the most remarkable aspect is Towne House’s colorfully detailed tower, which catches the eye from blocks around.
Towne House Vital Statistics
- Location: 108 E 38th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
- Year completed: 1930
- Architect: Bowden & Russell with Emery Roth
- Floors: 25
- Style: Art Deco
- New York City Landmark: 2002 (part of Murray Hill Historic District)
Towne House Recommended Reading
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (page 104)
- The New York Times Streetscapes East 38th Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues; A Landmark Jumble of Styles (June 9, 2002)
- City Realty review
- Emporis database