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The America

300 East 85th Street At the Southeast corner of Second Avenue corner of Second Avenue   |    Yorkville

The America - 300 East 85th Street
  • Condop
  • Built in 1987
  • 199 Apartments
  • 37 Floors
66

The America, 300 East 85th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 66, based on:

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66
Out of 119
 
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Overview

In its rendering, this promised to be an extremely attractive tower as architect Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn had divided the tower visually into four sections and his decorative façade patterning had a nice checkerboard effect. Furthermore, his rooftop watertank enclosure carried on the same patterning motif and the effect was to make a conventionally bulky tower quite interesting. Well, renderings are flattering and the built tower is quite disappointing in comparison. Unlike many architects who strive to achieve a specific style, Jahn, the Chicago-based architect who is renowned for his State of Illinois Center building in Chicago with its great cylindrical atrium, loves to experiment. One of his fascinations is a building’s palette. It took him a while to get invited to do projects here but in the 1980’s he became quite active. His most famous project was the world’s tallest building for Donald Trump at his huge side overlooking the Hudson River west of Lincoln Center. That attractive design, however, was abandoned and Trump changed architects.Jahn’s other finished buildings here include 425 Lexington Avenue and International Plaza at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, Park Avenue Tower on East 55th Street and CitySpire at 150 West 56th Street. 425 Lexington is noted for its chamfered and cantilevered roofline and screened curtain wall. International Plaza is noted for its double-height, curved glass retail spaces and tiered helmet top complete with rooftop...

Carter Horsley's Review
of The America, 300 East 85th Street

Carter Horsley's Building Review
  In its rendering, this promised to be an extremely attractive tower as architect Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn had divided the tower visually into four sections and his decorative façade patterning had a nice checkerboard effect. Furthermore, his rooftop watertank enclosure carried on the same patterning motif and the effect was to make a conventionally bulky tower quite interesting. Well, renderings are flattering and the built tower is quite disappointing in comparison. Unlike many architects who strive to achieve a specific style, Jahn, the Chicago-based architect who is renowned for his State of Illinois Center building in Chicago with its great cylindrical atrium, loves to experiment. One of his fascinations is a building’s palette. It took him a while to get invited to do projects here but in the 1980’s he became quite active. His most famous project was the world’s tallest building for Donald Trump at his huge side overlooking the Hudson River west of Lincoln Center. That attractive design, however, was abandoned and Trump changed architects.Jahn’s other finished buildings here include 425 Lexington Avenue and International Plaza at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, Park Avenue Tower on East 55th Street and CitySpire at 150 West 56th Street. 425 Lexington is noted for its chamfered and cantilevered roofline and screened curtain wall. International Plaza is noted for its double-height, curved glass retail spaces and tiered helmet top complete with rooftop ornament. Park Avenue Tower is noted for its slanting façades and rounded courses. CitySpire is noted for its domed roof in deference to that of the City Center for the Performing Arts whose air rights it used. All of his projects here employ unusual color schemes that tend to be a bit dark and murky. They work fairly well at his other projects here, but at The America the effect of the beige and dark gray colors is drab and almost dirty.The developer of The America was Ian Bruce Eichner, who also developed CitySpire.There are 200 cooperative apartments in this 36-story tower that was completed in 1987. The building has an attractive plaza on the avenue, a health club and pool, a garage and a concierge.   Read Carter's Full Review 

Features & Amenities

  • FT Doorman
  • Full Service Garage
  • Health Club
  • Pool
  • Elevator

Pros

  • Health club and pool
  • Garage
  • Concierge
  • Many apartments with balconies

Cons

  • No sundeck
  • Traffic
  • Second Avenue location

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