Manhasset Apartments are near-twin Beaux Arts landmark buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, instantly recognizable for their two-story slate mansard roof and imposing orange brick form.
The buildings were originally designed by architect Joseph Wolf as eight-story structures – then the legal limit for apartments. When the original developer went bankrupt, the new developer hired Janes & Leo to add three stories, taking advantage of new building codes. In the process, Janes & Leo changed the decorative style to Beaux Arts.
In 1910, a new set of owners added retail stores along Broadway.
The building’s current owners rebuilt the roof starting in late 1996; while the scaffolding was still up in March of ’99, an absent-minded restaurant chef set the building on fire.
Manhasset Apartments Vital Statistics
- Location: 301 W 108th Street / 300 W 109th Street at Broadway
- Year completed: 1905
- Architect: Joseph Wolf, Janes & Leo
- Floors: 11
- Style: Beaux Arts
- New York City Landmark: 1996
Manhasset Apartments Recommended Reading
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
- The New York Times Streetscapes/The Manhasset;New Crown for an Upper Broadway Wedding Cake (July 21, 1996)
- The New York Times Chef’s Mistake Is Cited in Building Fire (March 13, 1999)
- Street Easy profile (including floor plans)
- New York Architecture listing
- Emporis database