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To walk down upper Fifth Avenue today, it would seem that the stately, richly detailed residential buildings have been there forever. But barely a century ago, they were considered cutting-edge. In January 1922, the city restricted the height of Fifth Avenue structures to 75 feet tall. Acclaimed architect J.E.R. Carpenter, however, was instrumental in bringing a test case that overturned this height restriction and transformed the avenue in the process.

Once the height restriction was overturned, it ushered in a flood of new construction along Fifth Avenue, much of it designed by Mr. Carpenter. He was especially noted for his clean elegance and “sibling buildings” facing each other on side streets. It is little wonder that The New York Times calls him “the architect who shaped upper Fifth Avenue.”

In the present day, architecture critic Carter Horsley calls Mr. Carpenter “the foremost apartment building architect of his day” and notes the cachet of his Fifth Avenue buildings with admiration. To live here is to announce that one has made it in Manhattan. Residents appreciate the elegant architecture, grand apartments, and proximity to Central Park…rather like their predecessors.
825 Fifth Avenue
825-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 825 Fifth Avenue via Douglas Elliman
825 Fifth Avenue #17AB floor plan Floor plan
825-Fifth-Avenue-2 Gallery
825-Fifth-Avenue-3 Dining room
825-Fifth-Avenue-4 Bedroom
In addition to being one of Fifth Avenue's most attractive residential buildings, 825 Fifth Avenue is one of the city's most discerning and prestigious cooperatives. Extraordinary and pristine, this high-floor apartment has spectacular park and city views in all directions, lovely living room with Juliet balcony and French doors, beautiful paneled sitting room and oculus dining room, two luxurious bedrooms with stunning marble baths, state of the art mechanicals, sound proofing, electronics, and appliances (including washer/dryer), and impeccable appointments and finishes throughout. Read more.
907 Fifth Avenue
907-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 907 Fifth Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
907 Fifth Avenue #12E floor plan Floor plan
907-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
907-Fifth-Avenue-3 Kitchen
907-Fifth-Avenue-4 Library
Built in 1916, this distinctive 12-story Italian-Renaissance-palazzo-style apartment house, designed by legendary architect J.E.R. Carpenter, has the highest levels of service, privacy, and security. The residence has soaring 11'3" ceilings, grand scale proportions, and impressive original details including herringbone floors and handsome moldings. Read more.
920 Fifth Avenue
920-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 920 Fifth Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
920 Fifth Avenue #6B floor plan Floor plan
920-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
920-Fifth-Avenue-3 Dining room
920-Fifth-Avenue-4 Bedroom
920 Fifth Avenue is a white glove prewar cooperative designed in the Italian palazzo style by J.E.R. Carpenter in 1922. Oversized windows, soaring ceilings, and luxurious finishes are just some of the highlights of this exquisite sun-drenched residence. Read more.
1030 Fifth Avenue
1030-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1030 Fifth Avenue via Sotheby's
1030 Fifth Avenue #12FL floor plan Floor plan
1030-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
1030-Fifth-Avenue-3 Gallery
1030-Fifth-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Perched high above the treetops, this magnificent residence in one of J.E.R. Carpenter's most prestigious prewar coops enjoys truly spectacular views of Central Park. Noteworthy details abound, including soaring high 10-foot ceilings, immaculate hardwood floors, graceful hand carved moldings and wood burning fireplaces with period mantle pieces in four rooms. Read more.
1035 Fifth Avenue
1035-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1035 Fifth Avenue via Sotheby's
1035 Fifth Avenue #6E floor plan Floor plan
1035-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
1035-Fifth-Avenue-3 Gallery
Designed by J.E.R. Carpenter, this illustrious prewar Cooperative is considered one of the finest in Manhattan. A long entrance gallery opens to the oversized living room which is perfect for gracious entertaining. Read more.
1060 Fifth Avenue
1060-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1060 Fifth Avenue via Charles Rutenberg
1060 Fifth Avenue #4C floor plan Floor plan
1060-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
1060-Fifth-Avenue-3 Dining room
1060-Fifth-Avenue-4 Bedroom
J.E.R. Carpenter’s masterpiece, 1060 Fifth Avenue, is arguably Museum Mile’s most coveted address. As one steps through the entry hall, the gracious foyer announces this 6-room home's 11-foot ceilings and welcomes you with cascading light spilling in from the adjacent wide and deep grand living room with enormous south and east facing windows. Read more.
1115 Fifth Avenue
1115-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1115 Fifth Avenue via Corcoran
1115 Fifth Avenue #PHA floor plan Floor plan
1115-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
1115-Fifth-Avenue-3 Sitting room
1115-Fifth-Avenue-4 Kitchen
1115 Fifth Avenue is one of the most prestigious addresses in Carnegie Hill. This penthouse features over seventy linear feet of glass, giving an unmatched panoramic view of Central Park, the reservoir, and the western city skyline. Read more.
1165 Fifth Avenue
1165-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1165 Fifth Avenue via Halstead
1165 Fifth Avenue #PHA floor plan Floor plan
1165-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
1165-Fifth-Avenue-3 Bedroom
1165-Fifth-Avenue-4 Terrace
Located in a J.E.R. Carpenter masterpiece, this penthouse duplex boasts panoramic views of Central Park, the reservoir, and dramatic skyline views to Midtown Manhattan and beyond. There is a top-of-the-line windowed chef's kitchen, den/media room with built in banquette, separate pantry and laundry, office/staff's room and more! Read more.
1170 Fifth Avenue
1170-Fifth-Avenue-1 (Corcoran)
1170 Fifth Avenue #15A floor plan Floor plan
1170-Fifth-Avenue-2 All interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
1170-Fifth-Avenue-3 Dining room
1170-Fifth-Avenue-4 Bedroom
The sibling building to 1165 Fifth Avenue, 1170 Fifth Avenue is the pre-eminent example of J.E.R. Carpenter's genius. This apartment boasts remarkable views from two exposures and a combination of prewar charm and contemporary amenities. Read more.
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