834 Fifth Avenue
828 Fifth Avenue – built for coal baron Joseph Berwind – Built in 1886, this French Renaissance-style – designed by Nathan Clark Mellen in a Victorian/Edwardian-like style and Horace Trumbauer added dormers in 1902. Originally the Berwind residence, it became the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences before being converted in 1978 to condominium apartments when a modern glass penthouse was added.
1016 Fifth Avenue is a well sized and relatively substantial building on Fifth Avenue directly across from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is a limestone and beige brick building seated on a four story limestone pedestal. The building was built in 1926 and designed by John B. Peterkin. Peterkin is well recognized as being influenced by Art Deco, however, 1016 has a more conservative classical façade, some detailing, in the window framing treatments and ornamentation has some Art Deco feel. The building has a beautiful entryway and landscaping. The building has 15 stories and 56 apartment units.
Probably one of the all-time best lines in regards to 960 Fifth the broker A. Laurence Kaiser IV once said, “If you have less than $100 million, you’d be considered poor.” Never a more apt comment could be made, one of the long time residents of 960 is / was the Cambell’s Soup heir, Charlotte Weber.
Not nearly as well publicized as 740 Park, 960 Fifth is equally a masterwork of Rosario Candela and Warren & Wetmore, exuding elegance, class, and grandeur, while still managing to stay “under the radar” as a branded Fifth Avenue building. As with many of the grand buildings from the period, it shares a second or duel address, which is 3 east 77th street. Built in 1928 on the site of William Clark’s palatial 121 room mansion, the building is a co-op with 68 units, only 15 floors, with private health club, restaurant for residents only and a beautiful roof garden. The detail on the upper facade of the building, above the eleventh floor where the windows are flanked by caryatids with garlands – further evidences the wide range of styles that are found on Candela buildings in particular and others up and down Park and Fifth Avenues.