What can be termed a “double wide” in New York parlance, 15 East 81st Street was completed in 1921 for Grenville Lindall Winthrop, the architect was Julius Gayler. A little more than 16,000 square feet in size, built in the Neo-Federal style – reserved red brick facade, entryway framed by an ionic portico, windows with simple white marble lintels. Really one of the better executed and more beautiful homes in the style. What is obviously from almost any photos to be found online, the rear garden has been covered by a greenhouse and has a large swimming pool protected yet open to the sunshine, a very rare commodity in NYC homes.
680 Park Avenue is the current and long standing home of the America’s Society / Council of The America’s: Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.
The building was the home of financier Percy Rivington Pyne, built in 1909 by McKim, Mead & White in the neo-federal style. Neo-Federal is something of a “made up” architectural style, simply recognizing the resurgence of the Federal Style in the early 1900’s, regardless, a well executed example.
The west side of the block from 68th to 69th Street is a beautifully maintained stretch of classic Park Avenue mansions that offers, however fleeting, a rare glimpse into how the avenue looked almost a century ago.