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Beaux-Art and French-Renaissance-style buildings and spaces in NYC Beaux-Art and French-Renaissance-style buildings and spaces in NYC
July 14 marks the celebration of Bastille Day, or the national day of France. The day is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which is considered to be the moment that sparked the French Revolution. The traditional flyovers and military parade returned to France this year after last year's hiatus; the crowds were smaller than usual, and spectators were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, but those in attendance were happy to be a part of the festivities.
Bastille Day is also celebrated across the pond, where New York’s French restaurants and cultural institutions pay tribute to the holiday. This year, the celebrations come shortly after a second Statue of Liberty was exhibited on Ellis Island from July 1-5, and in the wake of an initiative to rename a Centre Street block "Little Paris" in honor of the French boutiques, restaurants, and architecture along the street.
To celebrate France's local influences, we took a look at the grandest Beaux-Arts residential buildings in the city. The name of the artistic style is taken from Paris’s L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, one of the world’s most prestigious architecture schools at the turn of the twentieth century. The aesthetic is loyal to the tenets of Classicism, but goes further in slathering on layers of ornamentation. The 1893 Chicago World's Fair introduced America to Beaux-Arts architecture, and wealthy Americans appreciated it as a mark of European sophistication.
New York Public Library (CityRealty)
Grand Central Terminal
171-West-71st-Street-01 (CityRealty)
Many noted American architects studied at the L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts and brought their newly learned talents to beautify our cities and become patrons of the country's growing upper class. Our best-known examples were constructed at the turn of the 20 century, resulting in what some call the City Beautiful Movement and the Gilded Age. Iconic examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York include Grand Central Terminal, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building that houses the main branch of the New York Public Library. With the surge of wealth and 'robber barons' at this time, the style made its mark in residential architecture with rows of opulent mansions lining Fifth Avenue and some of our grandest apartment houses ever built. See our list of favorite Beaux-Arts and French Renaissance-style apartment buildings below.

Completed in 1911 | Converted in 1987
3 1- through 4-beds from $1.7M - $7.5M

521-Park-Avenue-01 521 Park Avenue via Sotheby's International
521 Park Avenue was designed by William Boring, an American-born architect who studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts before returning to New York and joining the firm of McKim, Mead and White. The limestone building has been honored with numerous international design awards, including a gold medal for architecture from the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900.
521-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 521 Park Avenue via Corcoran
From the listing: Welcome to this palatial four-bedroom, four and a half-bath home. From the moment you enter you are wowed by a 42-foot gallery leading way to a gorgeous side by side living and dining room with perfect flow for entertaining. You have 10'8" ceilings and large windows looking over the Park Avenue tree line. Three working fireplaces and marble flooring throughout. This home gets excellent light with south and west exposures. Large eat-in windowed kitchen fit for any chef. Separate laundry room and bathroom off the kitchen. The bedroom wing has four spacious bedrooms, one currently being used as a library See floor plan and full details here.

2109 Broadway
Completed in 1904 | Converted in 1990
5 1- through 2-beds from $975K - $3.25M

2109-Broadway-01 Sotheby's
The Ansonia was originally designed as a luxury hotel; in the years that followed, it became a highly coveted residential building and a New York City Landmark. Many apartments retain original architectural details, yet have been modernized with new kitchens and renovated baths. The roof garden, corridors, staircases, and elevators have been beautifully restored.
2109-Broadway-01 All images of The Ansonia via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: This one of-a-kind, pre-war, historic condo includes a large, private outdoor terrace spanning the entire length of the residence. The residence includes one bedroom, 1 full and 1 half bath tastefully renovated, featuring a beautiful chef's kitchen including sub-zero appliances, windows overlooking the terrace and a door that directly opens to the outdoor space, allowing you to entertain seamlessly between the two living spaces. Additional amenities and details include a washer/dryer in unit, 10'' ceilings with original moldings, herringbone wood floors, and double-pane windows to ensure serenity. The residence includes ample closet space, pre-war details, and natural light. See floor plan and full details here.

Completed in 1912 | Converted in 2018
9 1- through 3-beds from $2M - $5M

49-Chambers-Street-01 All images of 49 Chambers Street via Douglas Elliman
Around the block from City Hall Park, the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank was converted to 99 luxury condominiums, though not at the expense of the Beaux Arts architecture that was instrumental in its designation as a New York City Landmark. This meant that a planned Hall des Lumieres immersive art museum could not proceed without Landmarks approval, but the commission unanimously approved the project in July 2020.
From the Listing: This expansive residence designed by Gabellini Sheppard is housed within one of Manhattan's finest Beaux-Arts landmark buildings. A grand entry door opens to this sophisticated home featuring unique craftsmanship and hickory hardwood floors in a custom chevron pattern throughout. An open kitchen with custom ceruse Cypress wood cabinetry by Minimal Cucine, seamlessly integrated into the living / dining room, features honed San Marino marble waterfall island, countertops and backsplash. The best-in-class collection of appliances include a SubZero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, Gaggenau gas cooktop with hood, Wolf dual convection oven with warming drawer, Miele dishwasher and wine refrigerator. The primary bedroom suite exhibits a gracious sense of volume and scale with an oversized bay window and elevated ceilings, generous closet space and an en-suite five-fixture bath. See floor plan and full details here.

344 West 72nd Street
Completed in 1904 | Converted in 2014
2 2- through 3-beds from $4.4M - $5M

The Chatsworth (HFZ Capital)
The anchoring base of Riverside Park has been renovated to its former glory and updated with the features and amenities today's buyer has come to expect. The landmarked building is distinguished by its rusticated limestone base, red brick and limestone facade, and cherubs carved above the cornice.
344-West-72nd-Street-02 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
From the Listing: This spacious 2-bedroom plus library home has glorious views over the Hudson. The bedroom wing is both private and quiet with generous closet space including a 10' deep walk in closet in the primary. The primary bath is generously proportioned with a tub and separate walk in shower, double vanity and heated flooring. The second bath has a deep soaking tub accented with exceptional tile work. A home office with built in desk and library complete this wing of the home. Through a classic pre-war styled entry gallery, guests enter the living room and dining room, overlooking the Hudson. The kitchen has all the modern elements for the chef with a high end suite of appliances and finishes that include a Gaggenau fridge, Verona range, Miele dishwasher and U-line wine fridge. See floor plan and full details here.

100 Amity Street
Completed in 1898 | Converted in 2019
2 2- through 3-beds from $2.9M - $4.15M

100-Amity-Street-01 All images of Polhemus Residences via BKSK Architects/Douglas Elliman
On a cobblestone street in Brooklyn, the Polhemus Memorial Clinic has been transformed into Polhemus Residences, a collection of luxury residences beneath a limestone and brick facade. The French Renaissance-style limestone facade and narrow cornices were beautifully restored to its former glory, but the interiors have been renovated with high ceilings, grand proportions, and luxurious amenities.
From the Listing: Residence 8 is a nearly 1,600-square-foot home with soaring, nearly 11' ceilings, three exposures, and one of the grandest master suites in the entire building. This purchase also includes a private underground parking spot. It is in totally mint condition and offered like new. The Parisian foyer with a paneled entry door is a prelude to the seamless, flowing layout with a loft-like great room. Timelessly stylish, the open chef's kitchen features custom millwork cabinetry with leather-wrapped Tanner's Craft nickel hardware. The fully integrated Gaggenau appliance package of refrigerator, freezer, five-burner gas cooktop, wall ovens, dishwasher, and microwave is framed by honed Zebrino countertops with a glazed brick tile backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

151 Central Park West
Completed in 1908 | Converted in 1958
2 3- though 4-beds from $5.45M - $21.5M

THe Kenilworth (Ajay Suresh for Wikipedia)
Located on the Gold Coast of Central Park, The Kenilworth is designed in the French Second Empire style. The building is surrounded by a dry moat, and architecture critics Elliot Willensky and Norval White describe it as a "cubical, russet-brick wedding cake topped by a grand convex mansard roof."
151-Central-Park-West-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the Listing: Evoking a 12th-century English castle once home to Henry V, the Kenilworth and this exemplary 3-bedroom, originally 7 room residence in particular offer brilliant Park views, pristine architectural detail, attentive doorman service and the best location on Central Park West. Impeccably restored and lit by all day sun, Apartment 6N is graced by pastoral park and city panoramas in 3 directions. A handsome living room and parallel formal dining room present expansive views of Central Park. Serving the entertainment area is a large cook's eat-in kitchen fitted with beautiful cabinetry, cutting-edge appliances, a spacious dining area and superb service quarters with a bath, butler's pantry and laundry. The handsome corner primary suite and its boudoir bath are surrounded by sublime Park vistas. See floor plan and full details here.

795 Fifth Avenue
Completed in 1930 | Converted in 1959
9 1- to 3-beds from $2.95M - $23M

The Pierre Hotel was completed in 1930, and became an architectural icon in New York almost immediately. The hotel's slanted roof was inspired by the Royal Chapel at Versailles, and the apartments on top were designed to make the most of direct views of Central Park and the New York City skyline.
795-Fifth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the Listing: Perched 36 stories above Fifth Avenue, this tower residence at The Pierre Hotel features iconic unobstructed panoramic views of Central Park, Manhattan skyline, and Upper East Side, providing beautiful natural light throughout the day. The residence features 10'4" ceilings throughout with over 50 feet of direct Central Park frontage consisting of the entirety of the front facade of the tower at The Pierre with additional north-facing park views. Designed by renowned Palm Beach-based interior designer William R. Eubanks, this beautiful residence has elegantly designed interiors with beautiful custom finishes. See floor plan and full details here.

164 West 74th Street
Completed in 1901 | Converted in 2019
No current availabilities

In the process of transforming The Marbury from a hotel to a condominium, the interiors were brought up to contemporary standards while its historic Beaux Art facade was restored, much to the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Gracious residences boasts high ceilings, oversized windows, top-of-the-line infrastructure, and peaceful primary suite. The kitchens come outfitted with hand-crafted cabinetry, marble countertops and backsplash, and state-of-the-art appliances. See floor plan and full details here.
164-West-74th-Street-01 All images of The Marbury via Compass

Completed in 1908 | Converted in 2019
7 3- through 6-beds from $7.9M - $42M

555-West-End-Avenue-01 Images of 555 West End Avenue via Compass | Photo Credit: Joel Pitra of DDreps
In 1908, 555 West End Avenue was built as a public school; it was converted to a luxury condominium with Landmarks' blessing over 100 years later. At any time, the building's red brick facade, white stone trim, owl gargoyles, and crenellated turrets set it apart as a local landmark and an architectural standout.
From the listing: The Terrace Penthouse at 555 WEA is the most extraordinary duplex penthouse condominium to be offered on the Upper West Side, perhaps ever! Two sun-flooded levels of living space, one with wrap terrace, lead to a spectacular roof terrace with far-reaching views of the river, and the city skyline. All together, there is more than 2,800 square feet of breathtaking outdoor space. The main floor of this house-like home has terraces outside almost every window and door with full height glass and doors in the dining room, living room and den, as well as a lovely office. See floor plan and full details here.

171 West 71st Street
Completed in 1902 | Converted in 1984
1 2-bed for $1.8M

The Dorilton -Upper West Side (Brown Harris Stevens)
Architecture critic Carter Horsley describes The Dorilton as "one of New York's most spectacular architecturally." With its dramatic entrance gate, Beaux Arts facade, and marvelous sculptures, it is easy to see why. The building has been meticulously restored to its original splendor, and the apartments inside have received the same attention.
171-West-71st-Street-02 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: This elegant and immaculate pre-war, landmarked home at The Dorilton has been lovingly restored to move-in perfection. Enter into a beautiful large foyer with an original stained glass window, herringbone wood floors, French doors, incredible details and the first of 3 decorative fireplaces. On the left of the foyer is the extravagant living room with ornate woodwork, a grand floor to ceiling fireplace and mantle and original hardwood polished floors. Pocket doors lead into the amazing dining room with original floor to ceiling wood panels, interlocking ceiling wood beams, a third decorative fireplace and 2 large new windows with window seats See floor plan and full details here.

180 West 58th Street
Completed in 1910 | Converted in 1980
2 1- to 2-beds from $1.15M - $1.3M

The Alwyn Court has been described as "one of the finest buildings of its type in New York City" by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and "the city's most ornate building" by architecture critic Carter Horsley. Nearly every square inch of the facade is covered with elaborate terra cotta embellishments, and the stylized salamander statues look like unofficial guardians above the entrance.
180-West-58th-Street-02 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
From the Listing: As the heart of the home, the formal living room is bathed in light from over-sized windows and double exposures facing east and south making it perfect for entertaining. With a big picture window, high-end stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and granite counter tops, cooking is a pleasure in the kitchen. The adjoining dining gallery is the perfect spot for many memories to come. A peaceful retreat, the bedroom is quite spacious with an en-suite bathroom and an adjoining sitting room. The second full bathroom has a spa-like quality and is conveniently situated near the bedroom. Other notable features of the home include ornate moldings, plenty of wall space for displaying fine art, original and restored hardwood floors, thru-wall A/C's in every room and City Silence windows throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

1 Central Park South
Completed in 1907 | Converted in 2007
14 studio through 3-beds from $999K - $15M

1-Central-Park-South-02 From Central Park
Designed in the French Renaissance style, The Plaza is one of New York City's most iconic buildings in one of its most iconic locations - on Fifth Avenue, directly across from Central Park. Its white marble base, ornate entrances, and mansard roof make it a must-see for architecture enthusiasts and wealthy tourists alike. Following the partial conversion to condos, residents have access to all the hotel's amenities and services.
1-Central-Park-South-01 The Plaza #PH2011 via Brown Harris Stevens
From the Listing: There's still only one Plaza...and this unique 3 bedroom 5 bathroom duplex penthouse on the 20th and 21st floors delivers a coveted and rare private terrace plus two working fireplaces. Angled skylights in the dramatic double height ceiling and wall of windows let light stream into the expansive Living/Dining Room that overlooks Fifth Avenue and Grand Army Plaza. This unparalleled residence has herringbone solid oak floors punctuated by an inlaid border, custom built-ins, and remote controlled window shades throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

Completed in 1906 | Converted in 1987
1 5-bed for $10.9M

The Fred Leighton Building's opulent exterior features a French Renaissance style design, attractive red masonry, a rounded corner, and Elizabethan and Flemish Gothic details throughout the facade. Ten years after it was declared a New York City Landmark, it was converted to a luxurious cooperative.
45-East-66th-Street-01 All images of Fred Leighton Building via Compass
From the Listing: Come see the heights of Manhattan penthouse living at 45 East 66th Street, where one can purchase a renovation equal to those in the best new developments for less than half the cost. This open-concept duplex residence offers approx. 4,020 square feet of living space surrounded by 3,455 square feet of set-back terraces, ideal for sophisticated entertaining. Featuring a flexible 4-5 well-proportioned bedrooms, 4.5 luxurious bathrooms, a corner living room with large skylight, an enormous dining area, a chef's dream kitchen with separate breakfast area, all surrounded by a wall of glass, filling the space with non-stop natural light. There is also a fully equipped laundry room, a media room or den, and work-station. . See floor plan and full details here.

135 Central Park West
Completed in 1905
No current availabilities

With its limestone facade and French and English architectural influences, The Langham is considered one of the most beautiful buildings on Central Park West. This expansive apartment boasts 11' ceilings, gorgeous crown moldings, three decorative fireplaces, and pocket doors leading to a formal dining room with original details. The windowed kitchen features a butler's pantry, stone countertops, a large island, and high-end appliances.

100 West 80th Street
Completed in 1900 | Converted in 2014
No current availabilities

Manhattan top condos The Orleans (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the time it was constructed as a hotel, The Orleans has attracted attention for its Beaux-Arts style, soaring height, and views of Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. Following a 2014 conversion to condos, this New York City Landmark beautifully combines Old World grandeur on the outside with modern conveniences and amenities on the inside.
THe Orleans Upper West SIde
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