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Emery Roth was the United States' greatest architect of pre-war apartment buildings. While his contemporaries J. E. R. Carpenter and Rosario Candela offered sprawling layouts in their buildings on Fifth and Park Avenues, making them the most desirable for the city’s upper classes for decades, their exteriors were quite understated and conservative. The exteriors of Roth’s buildings, on the other hand, were flamboyant and adventurous.

Not only did he create romantic and very dramatic skyline structures such as The San Remo and The Beresford on Central Park West and The Ritz Tower on Park Avenue, Roth also experimented with great success with bold façade patterning such as on The Ardsley on Central Park West.

He also dabbled artfully in streamlined Art Deco-style design at the El Dorado and 601 West End Avenue and could model historical revival styles with great finesse such as at 993 Fifth Avenue, 480 Park Avenue,10 Sheridan Square, and Southgate at 434 East 54th Street.

These buildings served as a testament to New York's emergence as the premier city of the 20th century. Utilizing innovative steel-framing methods and wrapped in romantic envelopes of Neoclassical grandeur, they celebrate the accrued wealth and talent of bringing in people from across the globe. Even with many approaching or eclipsing their one-hundred-year mark, they continue to set aesthetic standards for high-end multi-family design.

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130 East End Avenue
130 East End Avenue Yorkville
215 East 73rd Street
215 East 73rd Street Lenox Hill
969 Park Avenue
969 Park Avenue Carnegie Hill
Residences at the Ritz Carlton, 50 Central Park South
Residences at the Ritz Carlton, 50 Central Park South Midtown West
15 West 81st Street
15 West 81st Street Central Park West

Lower Manhattan

"One of the most handsome, large, pre-war apartment buildings in the West Village. With a distinctive watertank enclosure in a Tuscan style, this 182-unit building has very nice proportions." - Carter Horsley


299 West 12th Street, #6K (OFFICIAL)

299 West 12th Street, #11E (Sothebys International Realty)


"Built in 1922 by Bing & Bing, one of the city's premier developers of apartment buildings, this 17-story cooperative building was one of the first tall buildings on lower Fifth Avenue. Designed by Emery Roth, the dark brown brick building is distinguished by its colorful terra-cotta decoration in the style of a loggia at the third story." - Carter Horsley

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Manhattan's West Side

"There is a quality almost like that of inlaid furniture in the ribbons of contrasting brick which enrich the surfaces of the upper façades." - Elliot Willensky and Norval White

320-Central-Park-West-04 View from the Ardsley

The Ardsley, #6F (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

"The beige-brick, Italian-Renaissance-palazzo-style building has a two-story limestone base and a canopied entrance flanked by nice globe lanterns." - Carter Horsley

145 West 86th Street, #3C (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

"A very elegant apartment complex clustered about a large communal garden, this location has steadily improved in recent decades with such nearby high-rise neighbors as Columbus Center, One Central Park West, and the Hearst Building." - Carter Horsley

The Parc Vendome, #4J (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Parc Vendome, #8D (Christies International Real Estate Group LLC)

(via Compass)

"This hybrid of Moderne and classical styling resulted in a graceful and unique composition which is at once conservative and forward-looking.” - Steve Ruttenbaum, "Mansions in the Clouds, The Skyscraper Palazzi of Emery Roth."


"This is one of the city's most elegant and distinguished apartment buildings. Not only is it entirely clad in limestone, but its many unusual and notable design elements predate Art Deco flourishes with a quite bold, yet restrained composition." - Carter Horsley


"The building's very pleasant façade has fine decorative masonry mullions and a deep light court above the first floor on its Broadway frontage." - Carter Horsley


Chester Court, #10A (Compass)

"One of the city's finest mid-block residential pre-war buildings, 15 West 81st Street was designed by Emery Roth, the architect of the very grand Beresford just two doors to the east. It is across 81st Street from the enormous American Museum of Natural History and its luminous Rose Center for Earth and Space." - Carter Horsley

15 West 81st Street, #8D (Compass)

"A handsome neo-renaissance building by Emery Roth with an impressive entrance marquee that is one block north of its 'cousin', the Beresford apartment building." - Carter Horsley

225-Central-Park-West-04 The Alden, #818 (Compass)

The Alden, #1001 (Compass)


"The San Remo’s two towers convey a lyrical, uplifting feeling, similar to the religious aura of a medieval cathedral." - Steven Ruttenbaum, “Mansions in the Clouds, The Skyscraper Palazzi of Emery Roth”

The San Remo, #4C (Corcoran Group)

211-Central-Park-West-01 The Beresford (Brown Harris Stevens)

"A monumental and magnificent residential palazzo, the building has always been one of the city's grandest addresses with wonderful apartment layouts, rich details and great views." - Carter Horsley


The Beresford, #19D20D (Sothebys International Realty)

"This 30-story tower is credited with ushering in the transformation of its parkside neighborhood into one of the most architecturally distinctive areas in the city...It is one of Manhattan's finest free-standing towers of the 1920s." - Steven Ruttenbaum in his book, "Mansions in the Clouds, the Skyscraper Palazzi of Emery Roth"

Oliver Cromwell

The Oliver Cromwell, #16EF (Compass)


"The Eldorado’s twin peaks dominate the cityscape around the reservoir in Central Park and accentuate its streamlined, rocketship-like Art Deco-style looks. It boasts great views and it's close to the tennis courts in Central Park." - Carter Horsley


The Eldorado, #16B (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

"For decades, this property was considered a “bargain” hotel for Central Park South, but its conversion into a luxury hotel with huge condominium apartments at the top radically changed its status, definitely for the better. Fabulous views and convenience to the best Midtown has to offer." - Carter Horsley

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Manhattan's East Side
225-East-73rd-Street-01 Eastgate (Elegran)

"The six buildings of Eastgate are not identical, but consist of three "twins," facing each other across the street, but not perfectly aligned. The buildings have excellent masonry accented by asymmetrical "knobbing" of bricks to provide greater façade texture. " - Carter Horsley


Eastgate, #4C (Compass)


"This development of five buildings was designed by Emery Roth for Bing & Bing, one of the city's premier builders of upper-middle-class housing in the 1920's and 1930's. The richly textured reddish salmon brick façades and sparse but good Art Deco detailing added significantly to the ambiance of the "Beekman Place" area." - Carter Horsley

Southgate, #9B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Southgate, #15D (Compass)

Southgate, #9F (R New York)

Southgate, #PH2 (Corcoran Group)

Southgate, #4E (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

"This handsome, 11-story, dark brown-brick, apartment building was erected in 1916 and converted to a cooperative in 1988. The building has a limestone base with a one-step-up, canopied entrance flanked by wall lanterns. " - Carter Horsley

"Built between 1928 and 1936, Eastgate consists of six, brown-brick apartment buildings in the middle of the 73rd Street block between Third and Second Avenues. The Third Avenue "El," of course, was in full roar at the time so it is not surprising that the complex did not extend itself to Third Avenue. " - Carter Horsley

210 East 73rd Street, #1E (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

"On one of the nicest blocks along 57th Street, this building has a two-story, rusticated limestone base, multi-paned windows, sidewalk landscaping, a doorman, and very attractive escutcheons and putti on the façade." - Carter Horsley

435 East 57th Street, #3B (Corcoran Group)


"A large, pre-war apartment building with evenly spaced windows two blocks to the east of the main entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one block east of P.S. 6. It was designed by Pickering & Walker and remodeled in 1941 by Emery Roth and S. R. Bishop." - Carter Horsley

969 Park Avenue, #9E (Sothebys International Realty)

"The Eastgate buildings were erected by Bing & Bing and designed by Emery Roth and the development was initially known as East Village and its apartments were marketed as "mansionettes." Most of the units had sunken living rooms and fireplaces although in the last two to built, 230 and 235 East 73rd Street, the fireplaces were merely decorative and did not work." - Carter Horsley

(via Compass)

"One of the few remaining great residential buildings on Park Avenue south of 59th Street and north of Grand Central Terminal, 480 Park Avenue has a grand lobby that would put most grand hotels to shame." - Carter Horsley


480 Park Avenue, #18H (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

480 Park Avenue, #20FL (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

"This very handsome, brown-brick building is across the street from Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Stephen Church, Order of Carmelites. The building has a very attractive rooftop water-tank enclosure with a broken-pediment and arched window." - Carter Horsley

Common roof garden

140 East 28th Street, #8A (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)


"The city's most elegant apartment hotel, the Ritz at 465 Park Avenue on the northeast corner at 57th Street, is best known for its rooftop finials, and as the former site of Le Pavillon, the famous and expensive French restaurant that for many years occupied most of its 57th Street retail frontage." - Carter Horsley

Ritz Tower, #409 (Sothebys International Realty)

Ritz Tower, #18E (Elegran LLC)


"880 Fifth Avenue on the northeast corner at 69th Street was one of the first apartment buildings to be erected after World War II and the last one to be completed by Emery Roth, the architect who designed many of the city's most famous residential skyscrapers. " - Carter Horsley

880 Fifth Avenue, #7C (Corcoran Group)

880 Fifth Avenue, #14C (Compass)

880 Fifth Avenue, #2D (Keller Williams NYC)

880 Fifth Avenue, #3B (Corcoran Group)

"Designed by Emery Roth & Sons, Imperial House was built in 1960 on the former site of the New York Foundling Hospital." - Carter Horsley

Imperial House, #10N (Corcoran Group)

"The handsome, pre-war building has a very elegant base with many pilasters between the second and third floors over a rusticated one-story limestone base, and very pronounced window surrounds on the top floor under a strong cornice. " - Carter Horsley

1175 Park Avenue, #9A (Sloane Square LLC)

"This classical-style apartment house has Italian Renaissance motifs and a superior location facing the model boat pond in Central Park. " - Carter Horsley


930 Fifth Avenue, #11D (Compass)


"It is the easternmost apartment building on 86th Street and across 86th Street from the very attractive townhouses of Henderson Place." - Carter Horsley

130 East End Avenue, #PHB (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

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