1185 Park Avenue is one of a handful of luxury New York apartment houses built around a central courtyard – and the only one of note without a name. (You’ve probably heard of the others: The Dakota, Apthorp, Belnord and Graham Court.) The architects, Schwartz & Gross, specialized in hotels and apartment buildings and were known for exceptional apartment layout.
There are 12 apartments to a floor (though some have been combined) arrayed around the courtyard. Six separate lobbies serve those apartments, so that each elevator landing has only two apartments. The NY Curbed archive takes a peek at some of 1185 Park’s multi-million-dollar homes.
If you Google “1185 Park Avenue,” many of the results will refer to the book of that name, a memoir of Annie Roiphe. That’s getting off the subject of architecture, but her tale is a reminder that money and plush surroundings aren’t everything. So don’t feel bad that you don’t live here.
1185 Park Avenue Vital Statistics
- Location: 1185 Park Avenue between E 93rd and E 94th Streets
- Year completed: 1929
- Architect: Schwartz & Gross
- Floors: 16
- Style: neo-Gothic
- New York City Landmark: 1993 (Expanded Carnegie Hill Historic District)
1185 Park Avenue Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry (Schwartz & Gross)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (pp. 42-43, 115-116)
- The New York Times Streetscapes | An Exploratory Stroll Up Park Avenue (January 16, 2014)
- The New York Times Uptown Girl | Anne Roiphe recalls her troubled life of privilege (June 6, 1999)
- City Realty review
- Street Easy NY listing (includes floor plans)
- NY Curbed archive
- Emporis database
- Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan: An Illustrated History (Dover Architecture)
- New York’s Fabulous Luxury Apartments: With Original Floor Plans from the Dakota, River House, Olympic Tower and Other Great Buildings