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Rutherford Place, 305 Second Avenue

Between East 17th Street & East 18th Street   |    Gramercy Park

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Key Details

  • Condo
  • Built in 1902
  • 128 Apartments
  • 10 Floors
  • Size From # avail
  • 1 Bed $1,425,000 5
  • 2 Beds $1,650,000 6
  • 3 Beds $3,825,000 1
  • Last updated Apr 24, 2018
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$1,568 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • Size Avg. Price # Sold
  • 1 BED $1,330,000 2
  • 2 BEDS $2,015,409 6
  • Avg. Price based on 8 closings during past 12 months Last updated Apr 25, 2018
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$1,524 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

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Rutherford Place, 305 Second Avenue has received a CityRealty Rating of 79, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

26
Out of 44
+
24
Out of 36
+
20
Out of 39
+
9
=
79
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Architectural Masterpiece 8 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
None 2 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Dramatic 3 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Well Done 1 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
None 0 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
No, but Very Good 3 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Allowed and Present 0 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Corner 1 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
None 0 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
No 0 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Very Attractive with Trees 4 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 50 blocks 1 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Considerable 1 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
More than 5 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
Less Than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
More than 6 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Shopping:
5 or less Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Stunning 5 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
10-15 1 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
11-14 Feet 3 out of 4 points
Balconies:
None 0 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
None 0 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Minimal 1 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
None 0 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
None 0 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
No 0 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
  • #9 Rated condo - Gramercy Park
How was this building rated?

Formerly the New York Lying-In Hospital, this delightful and very distinguished building, which was designed by Robert Henderson Robertson, was erected in 1902 and converted to condominiums in 1986, but operated as a rental building until 2006.

Robertson had designed the 391-foot-high Park Row Building in 1886 that was for nine years the world's tallest building. He also designed the American Tract Society Building at 150 Nassau Street in 1894 and the New York Savings Bank Building in 1897 at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street.

An eclectic mix of neo-Classical and Italian Renaissance-styles, this building is grandly imposing despite its height of only 9 stories.

The lower three floors are finely rusticated as are some of the multi-story pilasters. The wide, arched, double-story entrance is flanked by handsome columns. The top two floors have a small tower setback at the sides capped with a large pediment with an oculus above an arched window.

The building, one of the most attractive in the Gramercy Park/Flatiron/Murray Hill area, is distinguished by a very ornate and lovely entrance with a large fan window and a marble, 30-foot-high lobby that still has a tablet inscribed with the Hippocratic Oath that was originally unveiled by J. P. Morgan, the financier who was a parishioner at St. George's Church nearby on Rutherford Place.

In their superb book, "The A. I. A. Guide to New York City," (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988), Elliot Wilensky and Norval White wrote that "Swaddled babies lurk in laurel wreaths in the spandrels. Otherwise, this bland neo-Renaissance block is boring until one reaches the top where a Palladian crown surmounts it all."

"Architects of the turn of the century, concerned about the idea of a New York skyline, occasionally neglected the pedestrian, spending all their efforts - and money- against the sky," the authors continued.

By today's standards, of course, this is not a bland building.

An exploded palazzo with fine detailing, this is a superb conversion, designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, of a former hospital building, an example that sadly has not been widely followed in the city. St. Vincent's Hospital demolished a very fine Georgian-style building on Seventh Avenue at 11th Street and Mt. Sinai Hospital demolished several fine Georgian-style buildings, both at about the same time as this conversion and an even grander Georgian-style building at Bellevue hospital has long been marked for demolition despite the fact that it is the most attractive building in that neighborhood.

In the early part of the century, public buildings such as hospitals and schools were proud structures that reflected civic pride and the City Beautiful and American Renaissance movements that were sparked in large part by the great Colombian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Sadly much of that great heritage has been lost.

This building also fronts on Stuyvesant Square Park, one of the city's nicest. The park, which is bounded by 17th and 15th Streets and Rutherford and Nathan Perlman places, is divided by Second Avenue. It is similar to the nearby and more famous Gramercy Park, but is not locked to the public as is Gramercy Park.

This 122-unit building is convenient, of course, not only to the Gramercy Park and Union Square districts, but also to the Flatiron District and the East Village. Cross-town buses run on 14th Street where there are also express subway stations at Union Square. This area abounds in many attractive restaurants.

Win Chamberlin, a principle of Orb Development, which is managing the property and was a sponsor of the condominium offering plan, has stated that "fortunately, most of the intricate detail work" in the lobby "was intact," noting that "the rosette window over the entrance was warped, but functional still."

The pet-friendly building has a full-time doorman, a roof deck, a bicycle room, and an ATM in the lobby. Each apartment has a different layout and some units have ceilings as high as 17 feet and some are duplexes and some are triplexes.

Kitchens have under-counter halogen task lighting, SubZero refrigerators, Bosch dishwashers, Dacor convection/microwave ovens, Viking ranges, and Poggenpohl European cherry cabinets. The building lies within the Stuyvesant Park Historic District.

Many apartments have curved rooms.

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Nearby Subway Stations

  1. L
at 3rd Ave and 14th 0.18 miles
  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
at 4th Ave and 15th 0.33 miles

Carter Horsley's Review

Rutherford Place, 305 Second Avenue Carter Horsley's Building Review
"Formerly the New York Lying-In Hospital, this delightful and very distinguished building, which was designed by Robert Henderson Robertson, was erected in 1902 and converted to condominiums in 1986, but operated as a rental building until 2006." Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Health club
  • Every apartment has different layout
  • High ceilings
  • ATM in 30-foot-high lobby
  • Doorman
  • Close to Subway
  • Some curved rooms
  • Distinguished architecture
  • Some duplexes and triplexes
  • Overlooks Stuyvesant Square Park
Cons
  • Considerable traffic on Second Avenue
  • No balconies
  • No garage
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Rutherford Place, 305 Second Avenue - 10 year Sales History

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Rutherford Place, 305 Second Avenue 12 Month Sales Summary

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Past 12 Months
$1,524
AVG Price / ft2, based on 8 Sales
 

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Rutherford Place, 305 Second Avenue Alternate Addresses

  • 236-244 East 18th Street
  • 251 East 17th Street
  • 301-309 Second Avenue

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In the Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 230 Available for Sale
  • $2,076 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $3,073,442 Avg. Price
  • $2,220,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 18 Gramercy Park South Apt PH | $46,500,000
    Price / ft2 $7,347
  2. Least Expensive The Foundry Apt 4E | $550,000
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  • 42 Available for Rent
  • $72 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $5,478 Avg. Price
  • $4,225 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Gramercy Park Hotel Apt 15AB | $29,000
    Price / ft2 $91
  2. Least Expensive 379 First Avenue Apt 7 | $2,500
    Price / ft2 $50
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  • 151 Total Sales
  • $1,708 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,955,412 Avg. Price
  • $1,274,544 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 78 Irving Place Apt PH | $18,029,375
    Price / ft2 $4,079
  2. Least Expensive Zeckendorf Towers Apt V18I | $362,500
    Price / ft2 $802

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