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1140 Fifth Avenue: Review and Ratings

between East 95th Street & East 96th Street View Full Building Profile

Carter Horsley
Review of 1140 Fifth Avenue by Carter Horsley

This very elegant, pre-war, 15-story apartment building at 1140 Fifth Avenue on the northeast corner at 95th Street was built and designed by Frederick Filmore French in 1922.

Mr. French’s other major projects in the city include Tudor City at the eastern end of 42nd Street, the Fred F. French office building at 551 Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and 1010 and 1160 Fifth Avenue and 15, 16, 17 and 55 Park Avenue.  He occupied this building’s duplex penthouse initially where he had installed a squash court.

The building was converted to a co-operative in 1972.  It has 43 units.

Bottom Line

This is one of the more distinguished pre-war apartment buildings on Fifth Avenue in Carnegie Hill.


The building has a one-story rusticated limestone base with a canopied side-street entrance and sidewalk landscaping.  The 2nd through the 4th floors are limestone and the rest are light tan brick.

Some windows on the 5th, 12th and 13th floors have classically inspired stone surround and the central window groupings on the 12th and 13th floors have two-story surrounds with columns supporting arches.

The building has an ornate cornice with modillions.

There are bandcourses above the fourth, 11th and 13th floors. 

The building has window and discrete air-conditioners and inconsistent fenestration.

The lobby was decorated by Ralph Lauren.


The building has a doorman, a roof deck, a laundry and storage.  It is pet friendly.


Most apartments have fireplaces and ceilings are almost 10 feet high.

Apartment 3A is a two-bedroom unit with a 15-foot-wide entry foyer that leads to the 24-foot-wide living room with wood-burning fireplace and the 19-foot-long dining room next to the large kitchen, a 12-foot-long maid’s room and a long service hall.

Apartment 1B is a two-bedroom unit with a 17-foot-long entrance gallery that leads to a 21-foot-long living room with a fireplace and a 17-foot-long dining room next to the 13-foot-long kitchen.

Apartment 14B is a two-bedroom unit with an entry foyer across from the 13-foot-long kitchen, the 10-foot-long dining room, a 16-foot-long den, and the 24-foot-long living room with a fireplace.  The unit also has a 10-foot-long maid’s room.

Apartment 9C is a three-bedroom unit with a 12-foot-wide “dining foyer that leads to a 20-foot-long living room with a fireplace in one direction and a 12-foot-long enclosed and windowed kitchen in the other.


Over the years, the building has had some well-known residents including Francis R. Masters, who gave a large tract of land at Copake Falls, in 1924 that became the Taconic Park, whose commission he headed; Carter Burden, the husband of Amanda Burden; Mrs. John Philip Sousa; and Mr. and Mrs. John Jermain Slocum and Mrs. Alan Schumacher, her sister, who was president-general of the Colonial Dames of America and first directress for 12 years of the Home for Aged Indigent Respectable Females of the City of New York.



Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 26 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 32 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 19 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #34 Rated co-op - Upper East Side
  • #11 Rated co-op - Carnegie Hill
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