778 Park Avenue is the twin sitting side by side across 73rd street from 770 Park, both on the west side of the street, mimicking each other and their design, both buildings were designed by Rosario Candela. 778 was completed in 1931, at a height of 18 stories, with 18 apartments.
778 is another Georgian style building, although has a much richer façade than its earlier twin to the south. The base is a four story limestone pedestal with a linear first floor of larger “blocks”, the third through the fourth floors are smoother, three ornately flourished pediments, regularly spaced swags and medallion decorations. From the fifth floor up the remainder of the building is clad in red brick. Once again, as with 770, at the twelfth floor the façade falls back in to a series of setbacks culminating in a central tower.
If those who chose to call a place home means anything to its quality, notable residents of 778 Park were Brooke Astor (Mrs. Astor had a 14 room duplex on the 15th and 16th floor) and more recently Vera Wang, before she moved to her father’s apartment at 740 Park, William F. Buckley Jr, Mark and Renee Rockefeller and Zygmunt and Audrey Wilf.