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770 Park Avenue via Sotheby's 770 Park Avenue via Sotheby's
If you admire New York City's prewar buildings, chances are you count those designed by Rosario Candela among your favorites. As architecture critic Carter Horsley puts it, “These buildings reek with good taste, better proportions, lavish expanses of limestone on the exterior and considerable square footage inside the apartments.” At the height of the Jazz Age, his designs with set-back terraces, Neo-Georgian and Art Deco ornamentation, and formal interiors transformed Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, and Sutton Place. Upon completion, he used tantalizing marketing to persuade wealthy New Yorkers to give up their private houses and move into these grand apartments.

"You know you've arrived when you get into a Candela building" - Donald Albrecht, curator, Museum of the City of New York

Nearly a century later, the words "Rosario Candela-designed" add instant cachet to any real estate listing. The Museum of the City of New York honored his work with the "Elegance in the Sky" exhibition, and many buildings have been designated New York City landmarks. Zoning laws required Candela to create the romantic rooftop setbacks that came to define classic New York City architecture. Notable interior architecture features include thoughtfully designed floor plates, spacious and carefully placed rooms, perfectly spaced windows, and thick inner walls that hide bumps from pipes, beams, and columns.

Below, see some of Candela's most elegant New York City buildings. There are a few availabilities to be found, but money is no guarantee of an apartment - in addition to housing some of the city's most expensive co-ops, the boards have a reputation for being highly selective.

Upper East Side | Completed in 1931
Cooperative | 16 stories | 24 units

834-Fifth-Avenue-1 834 Fifth Avenue via Wurts Bros. Museum of the City of New York, Wurts Bros. Collection, gift of Richard Wurts
834-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
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834-Fifth-Avenue-4 Gallery
834 Fifth Avenue is considered Fifth Avenue's premier and most pedigreed buildings. It is located directly across from the Central Park Zoo, and residents seeking a less crowded outdoor escape have access to a private courtyard garden. The 16-story, 24-unit layout allows for extremely spacious residences, many of which are duplexes and triplexes. They feature high ceilings, long galleries, dramatic staircases, oversized windows, and wood-burning fireplaces. Residents have included Rupert Murdoch, Elizabeth Arden, Charles Schwab, and descendants of John D. Rockefeller.

Upper East Side | Completed in 1927
Cooperative | 15 stories | 19 units

960-Fifth-Avenue-01 960 Fifth Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
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960-Fifth-Avenue-3 Bedroom
In 1926, the Clark mansion came down for what is now one of the most prestigious addresses and selective co-ops in New York. Its glassed-in rooftop and cast-iron marquee convey luxury from the outside. Inside, prominent decorator Dorothy Draper was a consultant on the project. In the apartments, signature Candela touches like diverse layouts, towering ceilings, and fireplaces in common rooms can be seen. Its premier amenity is the Georgian Suite, a lavish restaurant open to only to residents, the likes of whom have included Edgar Bronfman Sr., Sister Parish, and Nassef Sawiris.
960-Fifth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Compass

Upper East Side | Completed in 1928
Cooperative | 17 stories | 29 units

720-Park-Avenue-1 720 Park Avenue via CityRealty
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720-Park-Avenue-4 Dining room
Designed by Rosario Candela in collaboration with Cross & Cross, this full-block, Neo-Georgian building is one of the city's most exclusive co-ops. The interiors have been renovated to accommodate modern needs, but details like high ceilings, fireplaces, beautiful moldings, spacious rooms, and winding staircases remain intact. Previous residents have included Macy's heir Jesse Isidor Strauss, prominent banker William E. Iselin, and Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio.
720-Park-Avenue-04 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens

Upper East Side | Completed in 1930
Cooperative | 19 stories | 31 units

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740-Park-Avenue-3 Foyer
740-Park-Avenue-4 Bath
740 Park Avenue's elegant limestone facade and polished granite entrance set the tone for one of the city's most prestigious addresses. Past residents have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John D. Rockefeller Jr., William Lie Zeckendorf, David Koch, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Today, its reputation as a "Tower of Power" continues to draw leaders in all industries.
740-Park-Avenue-02 Interiors via Sotheby's

Upper East Side | Completed in 1930
Cooperative | 19 stories | 41 units

770-Park-Avenue-1 770 Park Avenue via Sotheby's
770-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
770-Park-Avenue-3 Dining room
770-Park-Avenue-4 Bedroom
No detail is overlooked at the Georgian-style 770 Park Avenue. The original duplex units feature grand proportions, herringbone floors, exquisite molding, soaring ceilings, Palladian arches, sweeping staircases, long entry halls, spacious rooms, and wood-burning fireplaces. Central Park, Museum Mile, and high-end Madison Avenue shopping are a short walk away.
770-Park-Avenue-01 All images of The Sonora via Brown Harris Stevens

Upper East Side | Completed in 1931
Cooperative | 18 stories | 18 units

778-Park-Avenue-1 778 Park Avenue via Warburg Realty
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778-Park-Avenue-3 Dining room
778-Park-Avenue-4 Bedroom
778 Park Avenue is one of the few prewar Park Avenue buildings to rise over 15 stories and one of Candela's most celebrated buildings. Full-floor residences feature gracious entries, impressively proportioned rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors, multiple exposures, and wood-burning fireplaces. Notable past residents have included Brooke Astor, Roone Artledge, and Vera Wang.
778-Park-Avenue-02 Interiors via Sotheby's International Realty

Beekman/Sutton Place | Completed in 1926
Cooperative | 14 stories | 46 units

1-Sutton-Place-South-1 1 Sutton Place South via Brown Harris Stevens
1-Sutton-Place-South-2 All interiors via Key-Ventures
1-Sutton-Place-South-3 Gallery
One of Candela's most celebrated co-ops, 1 Sutton Place South has Renaissance details, a private garden facing the East River, and an elegant triple-arched entrance driveway that opens to the lobby. The expansive apartments convey a sense of refined living and grand-scale entertaining. The building was originally designed for the Phipps family, and other notable residents have included Bill Blass and Janet Annenberg Hooker.
1-Sutton-Place-South-02 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens

Carnegie Hill | Completed in 1930
Cooperative | 14 stories | 26 units

133-East-80th-Street-1 133 East 80th Street via Wiki Commons
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133-East-80th-Street-3 Dining room
The brown brick facade, gargoyles, battlements, and rooftop water tank enclosure set 133 East 80th Street apart as one of the most eye-catching on the Upper East Side. Large windows fill the spacious, classic apartments with light. It's no surprise that the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Upper East Side | Completed in 1937
Cooperative | 17 stories | 40 units

19-East-72nd-Street-1 All images of 19 East 72nd Street via Brown Harris Stevens
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19 East 72nd Street was erected on the former site of the townhouse of Charles Tiffany and Louis Comfort Tiffany. The new building is clad entirely in limestone, which would make it luxurious enough on its own. However, the magnificent, sinuous, very graceful and subtle arcs of the base’s curves are superbly proportioned and soften what would otherwise be the traditionally hard edges of the building. While some of the apartments inside have undergone renovations, they have kept the grandeur and details that made and keep it highly coveted.

Upper East Side | Completed in 1928
Cooperative | 15 stories | 14 units

2-East-67th-Street-1 All images of 2 East 67th Street via Sotheby's
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While this Italian Renaissance palazzo-inspired co-op is located near some of the city's premier designer shopping, an apartment in this building is as coveted as anything in a Madison Avenue boutique, and even more exclusive. There are only 15 apartments, which feature 11-foot ceilings, fireplaces, impeccable details, and beautiful views of Central Park. Previous residents have included Leonard Lauder, Jonathan Tisch, Arthur Carter, and Charles Allen, Jr.

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