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Top 10 Residential Buildings Designed by Emery Roth

Emery Roth was the city’s greatest architect of pre-war apartment buildings.

While his contemporaries J. E. R. Carpenter and Rosario Candela offered lush layouts of their buildings on Fifth and Park Avenues making them the most desirable for the city’s upper classes for decades, their exteriors were quite understated and conservative.

The exteriors of Roth’s buildings, on the other hand, were flamboyant and adventurous.

Not only did he create romantic and very dramatic skyline structures such as the San Remo and the Beresford on Central Park West and the Ritz Tower on Park Avenue, Roth also experimented with great success with bold façade patterning such as the Ardsley on Central Park West.

He also dabbled artfully in streamline Art Deco-style design at the El Dorado and 601 West End Avenue and could model historical revival styles with great finesse at 993 Fifth Avenue, 480 Park Avenue, 10 Sheridan Square and Southgate at 434 East 54th Street.

Born in 1871, Roth died August 20, 1948.

#1 - The San Remo, 145 Central Park West

This 1930 building between 74th and 75th Streets was the city’s first twin-towered apartment building with each of the tall, slender towers capped by lyrical circular colonnades based on the Greek Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.


  • Two apartments currently for sale from $4,995,000 to $24,000,000

#2 - The Beresford, 211 Central Park West

A massive, 1929 residential fortress, the Beresford sports three bulky and squat towers with lit finials, a daringly asymmetrical silhouette dominating both Central Park and Manhattan Square and its American Museum of Natural History.

  • Five apartments currently for sale from $4,600,000 to $26,500,000

#3 - Ritz Tower, 465 Park Avenue

Telescoping 41 stories into the sky on the northeast corner at 57th Street, about three times higher than any residential building before it, this 1926 tower was a sure sign that its pioneer residents were “moving up.”

  • Seven apartments currently for sale from $1,795,000 to $6,490,000

#4 - The Eldorado, 300 Central Park West

Roth served as “associate architect” to Margon & Holder’s 28-story, twin-tower apartment building of 1930 on the blockfront between 90th and 91st Streets that is notable for its “Flash Gordon” finials.

  • One apartment for sale at $11,495,000

#5 - The Ardsley, 320 Central Park West

Recalling the massing of a Mayan temple, the buff-brick façade of this 1931 building is highlighted by vertical and horizontal bands of black brick in an Art Deco-style masterpiece.

  • Two apartments currently for sale from $875,000 to $1,650,000

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#6 - 480 Park Avenue

A very handsome, 19-story, 1929 apartment house, this building has a two-story rusticated base with large arched windows on the second floor, an enormous lobby and an Italian Renaissance-palazzo-style façade with large apartments with wood-burning fireplaces.

#7 - 601 West End Avenue

Limestone-clad, this 13-story apartment building was designed in 1915 for Bing & Bing and is a striking mix of neo-classicism and the Viennese Secession styles.

#8 - 993 Fifth Avenue

Another limestone-clad project, this 17-story apartment building across from the Metropolitan Museum was designed in 1930 by Roth with considerable and grand decorative embellishment.

  • Two apartments currently for sale from $17,000,000

#9 - The Shenandoah, 10 Sheridan Square

In 1929, Roth designed this prominent but asymmetrical, 14-story, Greenwich Village rental apartment building with many very small apartments but considerable façade charm including crenelated masonry and medieval-style parapets and a Romanesque-style rooftop watertank enclosed with arcades. It was built the same year as  Roth designed the even more prominent but less charming, 20-story apartment building at 1 University Place at the northeast corner of Washington Square Park for Harold Uris.

#10 - Southgate, 434 East 52nd Street

The easternmost of an ensemble of five, elegant, mid-block apartment buildings  that Roth designed in Art Deco-style for Bing & Bing in 1928.

  • Two apartments currently for sale from $760,000 to $1,495,000

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