770 Park Avenue is a 19-story 41 unit Georgian-style apartment building designed by Rosario Candela and completed in 1930. The building rests on the three story limestone pedestal, then shifts to red brick, by the twelfth story the building breaks “up into tiers of setbacks that were topped with a lantern-like penthouse tower. A year later, 778 created a similar silhouette on the northwest corner, and together, the pair framed the street like important monuments. The rooflines could be seen from far way, and they expressed the essence of these buildings elegantly, for they looked like clusters of houses or small European villages.” (Elizabeth Hawes). The buildings footprint is an “H” which allows for light and air to circulate reaching all of the apartments and in its siting also provides street views for all of the apartments.
Looking up from the avenue, this stretch of Park is a prime example of how many of the gilded age building came to resemble country estates in the sky, providing a stunning silhouette.