Manhattan classic New York's finest prewar apartments

Geoffrey Lynch, 1970-

Book - 2014

The names of these legendary New York apartment buildings evoke images of marble-lined lobbies, uniformed doormen and sunlit penthouses with sweeping Central Park views. Built from the 1880s through 1930s, classic pre-war apartments were designed to lure townhouse dwellers reluctant to share a roof with other families. Billed as private mansions in the sky, they promised a charmed Manhattan lifestyle of elegance and luxury. Manhattan Classic takes readers on a lavishly illustrated guided tour of... eighty-five of the most coveted buildings in New York. Author Geoffrey Lynch provides capsule histories-equal parts architectural and social history- of the most celebrated examples, with anecdotes about well-known residents and essential information about notable features. This gorgeous coffee table book is an indispensible resource for apartment hunters, real estate and design professionals and anyone fascinated by the grace and glamour of pre-war style.

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New York : Princeton Architectural Press [2014]
First edition
Physical Description
223 pages ; 32 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Geoffrey Lynch, 1970- (author)
Other Authors
Evan Joseph (illustrator), Mike Tauber
  • Map: Manhattan locations
  • Introduction: the Manhattan prewar apartment house
  • A note to the reader
  • Upper east side: Fifth Avenue
  • Upper east side: Park Avenue
  • Around the upper east side
  • Upper west side: Central park west
  • Upper west side: West End Avenue
  • Upper west side: Riverside Drive
  • Around the upper west side
  • Downtown.
Review by Library Journal Review

Books about New York apartments typically present either decorative ideas or social histories of urban living. In this title, architect Lynch (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York) instead highlights structural details, using redrawn floor plans, brief histories, and photographs to examine prewar apartments in their 21st-century states. Original photographs by -Joseph and Tauber, which comprise the majority of the volume, provide colorful views inside these mansions in the sky. The work is subdivided by location and indexed by architect and includes brief biographies. An introductory essay on the history of prewar apartments sets the tone for capsule histories of notable buildings. Lynch could have strengthened the building histories by delving into primary documents, but instead he is more focused on the structures' current lives. His bibliography lists recent articles from the New York Times and elsewhere, as well as secondary sources, especially -Andrew -Alpern's studies of Manhattan apartments, including New York's Fabulous Luxury Apartments (1975) and The New York Apartment Houses of Rosario Candela and James Carpenter (2001). VERDICT Surprisingly few books exist on this topic and this volume's well-illustrated architectural/historical approach makes it valuable to both academic and public libraries that focus on this area.-Lindsay King, Yale Univ. Libs, New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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