Amidon is an attractive seven-story Renaissance Revival apartment building with finely detailed yellow-orange roman brick – ambitious for its time and neighborhood – now enlivened by a sculptor in residence.
The building is part of the newly (June 2012) expanded Riverside-West End Historic District. Most of the Amidon’s facade is original – historic, in preservation-speak – except that the storefronts have been replaced and the cornice was removed. And oh, the whimsical grotesques that flank the main entry were sculpted by G. Augustine Lynas, an Amidon resident.
(Mr. Lynas has other work in the neighborhood – an elaborate sandbox, cast in sand-colored concrete, is the centerpiece of a children’s playground in Riverside Park, between W 82nd and W 83rd Streets. You can see more at www.SandSong.com.)
Amidon Vital Statistics
- Location: 233 W 83rd Street at Broadway
- Year completed: 1892
- Architect: Edward L. Angell
- Floors: 7
- Style: Renaissance Revival
- New York City Landmark: 2012
Amidon Recommended Reading
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (p. 62)
- The New York Times Streetscapes column
- Emporis database