720 Park is one of my personal favorites, it is a riot of design work with all sorts of stunning detail, especially as one looks up towards the top floors, literally appears to be capped by an old estate home in the sky, little wonder since it’s architect, Rosario Candela was known for creating this type of feeling for his buildings. Candela worked with John and Eliot Cross of Cross & Cross architects jointly on the building. Built in 1928 in the Neo-Georgian style, 720 is 17 stories and has only 29 apartments.
“The building was developed by Starrett Brothers on part of the full-block site that had been previously occupied by the Presbyterian Hospital. One of the early residents was Jesse Isidore Straus, head of the giant Macy’s department store, whose two-floor apartment had a 40-foot entrance gallery, a 36-foot library, separate wine and vegetable closet, a valeting room, a sewing room and a kitchen larger than most modern living rooms,’ according to Andrew Alpern in his book, ‘Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan, An Illustrated History,’ (Dover Publications Inc., 1992).”