Architect: J E R Carpenter

Projects:
960 Park Avenue (1912)
246 West End Avenue (1913)
3 East 85th Street (1913)
635 Park Avenue (1914)
640 Park Avenue (1914)
907 Fifth Avenue (1916)
630 Park Avenue (1917)
550 Park Avenue (1917)
115 East 82nd Street (1921)
4 East 66th Street / 845 Fifth Avenue (1920)
950 Park Avenue (1921)
30 Central Park South (1921)
145 East 52nd Street (1921)
920 Fifth Avenue (1922)
1148 Fifth Avenue (1923)
1143 Fifth Avenue (1923)
1060 Park Avenue (1924)
4 East 95th Street (1924)
580 Park Avenue (1923)
620 Park Avenue (1924)
655 Park Avenue (1924)
1150 Fifth Avenue (1924)
145 East 73rd Street (1925)
455 East 51st Street (1924)
1030 Fifth Avenue (1925)
1120 Fifth Avenue (1925)
610 Park Avenue (1925)
173 – 175 Riverside Drive (1927)
1165 Fifth Avenue (1926)
1170 Fifth Avenue (1926)
1035 Fifth Avenue (1926)
1115 Fifth Avenue (1926)
988 Fifth Avenue (1926)
810 Fifth Avenue (1926)
112 Central Park South (1927)
170 East 79th Street (1926)
950 Fifth Avenue (1927)
825 Fifth Avenue (1927)
812 Park Avenue (1927)
1060 Fifth Avenue (1928)
14 East 90th Street (1929)
625 Park Avenue (1929)
1 East 88th Street / 1070 Fifth Avenue (1929)

778 Park Avenue

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.

960 Fifth Avenue

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.

770 Park Avenue

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.