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The San Remo, one of Mr. Roth's most iconic buildings, via Corcoran The San Remo, one of Mr. Roth's most iconic buildings, via Corcoran
To look at the elegant buildings on Central Park West, not to mention the prices of the gorgeous apartments within, it is hard to imagine a time when it was not one of New York’s most in-demand neighborhoods. However, about a century ago, the area was perceived to be an isolated wilderness that the city’s gentry feared to tread. That’s where Emery Roth comes in.

Mr. Roth is one of three architects that epitomize prewar architecture in New York City. But while J.E.R. Carpenter and Rosario Candela set new standards for Upper East Side living, Roth’s background as an unschooled Jewish immigrant tended to shut him out from commissions in this neighborhood. Therefore, he turned his attention to Manhattan’s West Side, an area that The Real Deal notes was becoming popular among affluent Jewish New Yorkers, not to mention actors and artists.

"A residential skyscraper in classical garb, the San Remo epitomizes Roth’s ability to combine the traditional with the modern, an urbane amalgam of luxury and convenience, decorum and drama." - Landmarks Preservation Commission

The San Remo (via Corcoran)
In addition to breaking new boundaries geographically, Mr. Roth embraced height restrictions and other regulations as creative challenges. This attitude would set his buildings apart and put his eponymous firm in high demand, even in neighborhoods that previously spurned him. Signature motifs include twin-towered high-rises, temple-inspired domes to hide unsightly water towers, and combinations of classical themes and ornate styles. The firm was renamed Emery Roth & Sons a year before Mr. Roth’s death in 1948, and it came to specialize in glass towers throughout New York that greatly influenced the city's architecture.

While the firm ceased operations in the 1990s, its founder’s work has not been forgotten. Some of his buildings have been designated New York City landmarks, and the words “Emery Roth-designed” add instant cachet to any real estate listing. We look inside some of his most well-known buildings, which are among New York's most prestigious cooperatives.
Southgate, Beekman/Sutton Place
Southgate Google Earth aerial showing location of Southgate
434-East-52nd-Street-2 Living room
434-East-52nd-Street-3 Bedroom
434 East 52nd Street #9D floor plan Floor plan
This expansive apartment offers the elegance one has come to expect from an Emery Roth-designed building. A beautifully appointed south-facing living room features beamed ceiling, working fireplace, and built-in cabinetry. The spacious bedroom has a walk-in closet and windows with custom designed plantation shutters looking out on south and west exposures. See full details here.
993 Fifth Avenue, Carnegie Hill
993-Fifth-Avenue-1 993 Fifth Avenue
993-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
993-Fifth-Avenue-3 Kitchen
993 Fifth Avenue #11 floor plan Floor plan
Full-floor residence in a New York classic co-op features grand entrance gallery, spacious rooms, and wood-burning fireplaces in the living room and master suite. The spacious living room and adjacent library are both bathed in sunlight and Central Park views. Down the hall, the formal dining room and the windowed eat-in kitchen are ideal for all types of entertaining. See full details here.
The Shenandoah, Greenwich Village

Built in 1929 | 74 units
10 Sheridan Square

10-Sheridan-Square The Shenandoah, 10 Sheridan Square
This prominent, asymmetrical rental building is located on one of Greenwich Village's most famous intersections and one block from the Christopher Street subway station. The brown-brick building's features include casement windows, crenelated masonry, medieval-style parapets, and a Romanesque-inspired rooftop water tank enclosed with arcades. See full details here.
601 West End Avenue, Upper West Side

Built in 1915 | 26 units
601 West End Avenue

601-West-End-Avenue 601 West End Avenue details via Douglas Elliman
601 West End Avenue has been described as one of the most elegant and most desirable on the Upper West Side. This limestone building is rich in Art Deco flourishes, architectural accents to bring out its height, and arched windows on the top floor. See full details here.
The Antoinettes, Midtown East
480-Park-Avenue-1 The Antoinettes via The Modlin Group
480-Park-Avenue-2 Bedroom
480-Park-Avenue-3 Private terrace
480 Park Avenue #16/17G floor plan Floor plan
This high-floor duplex in an iconic Emery Roth-designed prewar cooperative has been renovated to the highest standards. Features include high ceilings, bright southern exposures, custom entertainment center in the living room, state-of-the-art kitchen, and an elegant stairwell leading to the bedroom floor. A private terrace runs the length of the apartment and can be accessed from nearly every room. See full details here.
The Ardsley, Central Park West
320-Central-Park-West-1 The Ardsley via Douglas Elliman
320-Central-Park-West-2 Living Room
320-Central-Park-West-3 Bedroom
320 Central Park West #9DEF floor plan Floor plan
This classic corner apartment in an Emery Roth-designed co-op is filled with sunlight and open city views through oversized casement windows. It has been renovated to maximize the already abundant space and light, and beautiful prewar details include beamed ceilings, crown molding, and original wood floors. All bedrooms offer generous closet space and en suite baths. See full details here.
The Eldorado, Central Park West
300-Central-Park-West-1 The Eldorado (Corcoran)
300-Central-Park-West-2 Living room
300-Central-Park-West-3 Bedroom
300 Central Park West #3C floor plan Floor plan
Classic six with a third full bedroom offers the chance to live in a New York City landmark! A welcoming 20' entrance gallery leads to a gracious living room with high ceilings, herringbone floors, and two large south-facing windows that invite beautiful sunlight into the space. All three spacious bedrooms have abundant natural light and generous storage space. See full details here.
Ritz Tower, Midtown East
465-Park-Avenue Ritz Tower via Douglas Elliman
465-Park-Avenue-009 Ritz Tower, 465 Park Avenue #12A
This elegant apartment in one of Manhattan's most coveted buildings has a 31' living/dining room wrapped in beautiful prewar style crown moldings and Park Avenue views. Both king-size bedrooms have en suite marble baths with brass finishes. Additional features include stunning hardwood floors, abundant closet space, designer kitchen, and in-unit washer/dryer. See full details here.
The Beresford, Central Park West
211-Central-Park-West The Beresford
211-Central-Park-West-2 Living room
211-Central-Park-West-3 Bedroom
211 Central Park West #2A floor plan Floor plan
Located in "one of the world's greatest residential buildings," a grand 27' central gallery leads to a stately, sun-flooded living room with a wood-burning fireplace, walnut bookcases, and stunning direct views of the Planetarium and the Museum of Natural History. The expansive master suite has a full wall of custom built-ins and open museum views. Additional features include a flexible floor plan, herringbone floors, an enlarged kitchen, and exceptional closet space. See full details here.
The San Remo, Central Park West
145-Central-Park-West The San Remo via Google Earth
145-Central-Park-West-2 Living room
145-Central-Park-West-3 Bedroom
145 Central Park West #21C floor plan Floor plan
Following a recent renovation, this full-floor apartment combines the original elegance of The San Remo's original details with modern living. The gracious corner living room with coffered ceiling and sweeping Central Park views opens into a large, formal dining room which showcases open views to the west. The impressive master bedroom is located on the southeast corner boasting complete privacy, eye-popping views, and an en suite windowed master bath with a separate shower. See full details here.
San-Remo-celebrities Demi Moore, Donna Karen, Steve Martin, Mary Tyler Moore, Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman, Bono, Glenn Close, Tiger Woods, Diane Keaton Notable personalities that live or have lived in the San Remo

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