444 Central Park West is a distinctive Manhattan Valley apartment building that easily dominates the block. The 19-story Romanesque structure towers over its six- and seven-story neighbors, and its inventive facade of brick and terra cotta over a limestone base stands out from the crowd.*
The design is the work of Emery Roth alumni Russell Boak and Hyman Paris. The duo were active 1927-1942, with their most noteworthy work designed in the late 1930s.
The building was converted to a co-op in 1976.
* Not that Manhattan Valley is dull. A block north, the landmarked former New York Cancer Hospital is a stunning condo conversion.
444 Central Park West Vital Statistics
- Location: 444 Central Park West at W 104th Street
- Year completed: 1930
- Architect: Russell Boak and Hyman Paris
- Floors: 19
- Style: Romanesque
444 Central Park West Recommended Reading
- The New York Times Streetscapes/Manhattan; 2 Little-Known Architects of Distinctive Buildings (July 15, 2001)
- Street Easy NY listing (includes floor plans)
- City Realty review
- Emporis database
- Landmark West – Fall/Winter 2007 Newsletter
- Boak & Paris / Boak & Raad: New York Architects (at Amazon.com)