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The Britannia

527 West 110th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue & Broadway   |    Morningside Heights

The Britannia - 527 West 110th Street
  • Condo
  • Built in 1909
  • 56 Apartments
  • 9 Floors

The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 77, based on:

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Nearby Subway Stations

  1. 1
    • Cathedral Parkway - 110th Street (at Broadway and Cathedral Pkwy) (0.13 miles)
  2. B
    • Cathedral Parkway - 110th Street (at Frederick Douglass Blvd and Cathedral Pkwy) (0.38 miles)
  3. C
    • Cathedral Parkway - 110th Street (at Frederick Douglass Blvd and Cathedral Pkwy) (0.38 miles)


Cathedral Parkway is an impressive cross-street that occupies part of West 110th Street near the Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine nearby to the north.

This mid-block, 9-story building of 1909 is its finest structure even though it has long since been overshadowed by taller pre-war apartment buildings.

What makes it so fine, of course, are its wonderful "grotesques," or non-waterspouting gargoyles and its much larger than usual center light court and entrance.

In his January 16, 2009 article in The New York Times entitled "Meet Me Under the Gobbling Gargoyles," Christopher Gray asked "Does a gaggle of grimacing gargoyles make you think of home?"

With no reference to the Quasimodos of the world, Mr. Gray noted that Architects’ and Builders’ Magazine called the building, which is known as The Britannia, as "perhaps the most homelike apartment house in New York."

"Although five- and six-story apartment buildings were common around the turn of the last century," the article continued, "after 1905 taller structures became the rule where land costs were high. This was a new form, and for a few years developers were open to experimentation. In 1908, Gracehill Realty, of which J. Charles Weschler was the president, bought a plot between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue" on 110th Street and "hired Waid & Willauer, and instead of ordering a 12-story building like those going up elsewhere on the street, he had them experiment with a more distinctive, lower building - only nine...

Carter Horsley's Review
of The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street

Carter Horsley's Building Review
Read a Review of The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street byCarter Horsley

Features & Amenities

  • Conversion Year: 1986
  • PT Doorman
  • Hi Rise
  • Pre War
  • Elevator


  • Fine grotesques
  • Wide entrance court
  • Pre-war building
  • Convenient public tranportation
  • High ceilings
  • Private storage
  • Multipaned windows
  • Sidewalk landscaping


  • No balconies
  • No health club
  • No roof deck

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