890 Park is an odd little building, a small townhouse tucked between to classic high rises on 78th and 79th on the west side of the street. The little building that seems to have been forgotten, pass it by and you would not be mistaken in thinking it’s been abandoned, it appears to be in terrible condition, never a light to be seen and begs the question what is it’s story.
While not particularly significant architecturally, it was built by the architect James E. Ware, completed in 1885 for JVS Woolley, who it appears was a Doctor. The home is designed in the Queen Anne style, a five story asymmetrical brick and brownstone façade, round arched bay window, with some decorative molding, a gable and pedimented dormer window towards the top all from a mansard roof.
In April of 2012 The Real Deal reported, the “windows caked with dust, a facade streaked with dirt and a first floor that is crumbling. The building was bought by landlord Walter Schick about 15 years ago, and he has let it fall into disrepair waiting for the property to become vacant so he can rehabilitate it. But one tenant, an 84-year-old man who has lived there for 45 years, remains.”