Peter Stuyvesant is a Beaux Arts apartment house, with a facade gently curved to follow scenic Riverside Drive. The colorful, textured two-story crown is missing its original massive cornice (see archive photo), but it’s still a beauty. Overall, many horizontal divisions minimize the building’s height.
The building has also been stripped of its balconies – traces are still visible on the facades.
The building’s entry is modest: One story – no portico, canopy or marquee – but the door itself is exquisitely detailed iron grillwork set in a deeply cut cast stone frame.
New York City “Boy Mayor” John Purroy Mitchel (he was 34 when elected) lived here – and accidentally shot ex-Senator William H. Reynolds in front of the building as the pair returned from target practice. Mitchel carried a revolver for protection – he had escaped an assassination attempt only two months earlier.
According to City Realty’s review, the Peter Stuyvesant went co-op in 1988.
Peter Stuyvesant Vital Statistics
- Location: 258 Riverside Drive at W 98th Street
- Year completed: 1909
- Architect: William L. Rouse
- Floors: 12
- Style: Beaux Arts
Peter Stuyvesant Recommended Reading
- City Realty review
- Emporis database
- Museum of the City of New York archive photo
- The New York Times MAYOR’S PISTOL SHOT REYNOLDS; Ex-Senator Is Accidentally Wounded in Front of Mr. Mitchel’s Home (June 25, 1914)
- Prewar Passion: Rouse & Goldstone