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While Rosario Candela is often considered synonymous with prewar buildings in New York City, J.E.R. Carpenter created some of the apartment buildings that attracted wealthy tenants to avenues on the rise and set new standards for architecture all over the city. At the beginning of the 20th century, before Candela was even practicing, Mr. Carpenter worked as both an architect and a vice president of Fullerton-Weaver, a real estate development company. His position as an investor and partial owner of some buildings brought a unique perspective to the buildings he designed.

In the words of Geoffrey Lynch, partner at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, “J.E.R. Carpenter was the master of restraint, but very elegant.” Refined Georgian elegance was his signature style, one that continues to distinguish his Park Avenue buildings. Inside, floor plans recall the ambiance of a town house with grandly proportioned layouts and distinctive areas for living and entertaining. For these reasons, architecture critic Carter Horsley describes him as “the city’s foremost architect of luxury apartment buildings of his generation.”

Today, many of Mr. Carpenter’s buildings appear in Apartments for the Affluent, Andrew Alpern’s influential compilation of Manhattan’s most famous apartments. They also undoubtedly appear on several informal wish lists of those dreaming of a prewar Park Avenue pad. Life in these buildings today is similar to when they first rose - right up to the part where a prospective buyer needs both the right social standing along with the right amount of money to get into some of New York's most distinguished and selective co-ops.
550 Park Avenue
550-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 550 Park Avenue via Sotheby's
550 Park Avenue #16C floor plan Floor plan
550-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
550-Park-Avenue-3 Dining room
550-Park-Avenue-4 Bedroom
This 5-room residence is ideally situated on the 16th floor, with sunny open views, including an oblique view of Central Park from the master bedroom. Features include charmingly scaled rooms, nearly 10-foot ceilings, and well-designed divisions between public and private space. Read more.
580 Park Avenue
580-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 580 Park Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
580 Park Avenue #5C floor plan Floor plan
580-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
580-Park-Avenue-3 Kitchen
580-Park-Avenue-4 Gallery
580 Park Avenue is an elegant, Italian Renaissance pallazzo-style, full-service cooperative built in 1923 by famed architect James E. R. Carpenter. In this stately, gracious apartment, an elegant entry gallery leads to the entertaining rooms; a beautifully proportioned living room with wood-burning fireplace that overlooks the tree-tops and architecture on Park Avenue to the east, and an expansive square dining room right off of the kitchen. Read more.
635 Park Avenue
635-Park-Avenue-1 635 Park Avenue via Warburg
635 Park Avenue #6THFLOOR floor plan Floor plan
635-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
635-Park-Avenue-3 Dining room
635-Park-Avenue-4 Den
Step off the apartment's private elevator landing into a formal gallery that serves as the heart of the apartment, leading to both the sprawling public spaces and intimate bedroom wing. Both the living room and dining room highlight the high ceilings, grand proportions, and abundance of windows that make 635 Park one of the Avenue's grandest residences. Read more.
635-Park-Avenue-5 635 Park Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
 635 Park Avenue #4THFLOOR floor plan Floor plan
635-Park-Avenue-5 All images of 635 Park Avenue #4THFLOOR via Sotheby's
635-Park-Avenue-6 Kitchen
635-Park-Avenue=7 Bedroom
Encompassing the entire fourth floor, this tremendous 14-into-10 room simplex apartment affords picturesque western views over tree-lined Park Avenue and sunny northern exposures over East 66th Street. Accessed via a private elevator landing, the immensely gracious full floor apartment is filled with sunlight throughout from four exposures. Read more.
640 Park Avenue
640-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 640 Park Avenue via Sotheby's
640 Park Avenue #FL7 floor plan Floor plan
640-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
640-Park-Avenue-3 Library
640-Park-Avenue-4 Master bedroom
This exceptional residence truly defines luxury and elegance in apartment living. Accessed via a private elevator landing, the immensely gracious full floor apartment is filled with sunlight throughout from four exposures. Read more.
655 Park Avenue
655-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 655 Park Avenue via Sotheby's
655 Park Avenue #4C floor plan Floor plan
655-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
655-Park-Avenue-3 Gallery
655-Park-Avenue-4 Dressing room
Sun filled, charming and cheery three bedroom apartment in a prestigious, elegant 1924 J.E.R. Carpenter-designed building. The beautifully scaled rooms boast hardwood floors, hand-carved moldings, high ceilings and wonderful overlooks onto evergreen gardens from both East and West exposures. Read more.
950 Park Avenue
950-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 950 Park Avenue via Warburg
950 Park Avenue #2A floor plan Floor plan
950-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
950-Park-Avenue-3 Dining room
950-Park-Avenue-4 Kitchen
From your own private elevator landing, you'll enter this meticulously maintained apartment in an elegant Italian Renaissance palazzo-style building and be immediately dazzled! The beautiful marble entry foyer has 10-foot ceilings and custom doors opening into a large, sunny, side-by-side living and dining room spanning over 40 feet in length. Read more.
950-Park-Avenue-5 All images of 950 Park Avenue via Corcoran
950 Park Avenue #2B floor plan Floor plan
950-Park-Avenue-6 Living room
950-Park-Avenue-7 Gallery
950-Park-Avenue-8 Bedroom
This gracious and elegant 12-room residence occupies the building's entire facade along Park Avenue (a span of 90 linear feet) with two major entertaining rooms along 82nd Street. This sprawling home offers grand scale rooms, ten foot ceilings and spectacular light streaming in through oversized windows. Read more.
1050 Park Avenue
1050-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 1050 Park Avenue via Corcoran
1050 Park Avenue #4B floor plan Floor plan
1050-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
1050-Park-Avenue-3 Kitchen
1050-Park-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Built in 1923 by the legendary architect J.E.R. Carpenter, 1050 Park Avenue offers beautiful architecture inside and out along with top service and amenities. This elegant home features a layout of grand proportions, central AC, new herringbone flooring, wonderfully high 10-foot beamed ceilings, custom molding and millwork cabinetry and built-ins throughout. Read more.
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