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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 prison in 1789, a significant moment during the French Revolution and now celebrated as a national holiday. Celebrations in Paris began with a military parade along the Champs-Elysee (with this year’s opening designed to demonstrate France’s commitment to NATO in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine) and fighter jet flyover over the Arc de Triomphe, and will conclude with a fireworks display set off from the Eiffel Tower. In between, there will be concerts, balls, and smaller-scale celebrations.
Bastille Day is also celebrated across the pond, where New York’s French restaurants and cultural institutions pay tribute to the holiday. Last weekend, the French Institute Alliance Francoise’s traditional Upper East Side celebration returned to Madison Avenue after a pandemic-induced absence. A number of celebrations are taking place in Central Park and at French restaurants throughout the city on Bastille Day itself, and the celebrations will be capped off with La Brooklynaise, an open pétanque tournament at Carreau Club in Industry City.
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.
171-West-71st-Street-01 (CityRealty)
New York Public Library (CityRealty)
Grand Central Terminal
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
2 2- through 4-beds from $3.995M - $6.5M

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-01 521 Park Avenue, #3C (Serhant LLC)
From the Listing: Welcome to Residence 3-C, at 521 Park Avenue; A two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, designed by world renowned architect, Leopoldo Rosati and in arguably the finest location on the East side of Manhattan. This one-of-a-kind apartment features 10'5'' ceilings, incredible over-sized windows, and beautiful views directly facing Park Avenue. Throughout the living space of this home are beautiful Birdseye Maple, herringbone floors, complemented by natural light throughout the day. Between the library and living room is an elegant central working fireplace, crafted from mahogany and brass. Home features include central air conditioning, central lighting system, and a state-of-the-art sound system built throughout. Adjacent to the living room, the dining room boasts beautiful pocket doors made from leaded stained glass panels by Giuliani of Rome, as well as beautiful marble floors. See floor plan and full details here.

521-Park-Avenue-01 521 Park Avenue, #5BC (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Timeless elegance awaits you in this sprawling pre-war masterpiece. This 8-room residence, with 10 windows and 80' of Park Avenue frontage, boasts perfectly proportioned rooms for opulent entertaining and everyday modern living, enhanced by beautiful views of Park Avenue. Upon entering the home, you are immediately struck by the soaring ceilings and a 36' gallery, which seamlessly separates the public rooms from the sleeping quarters. A wall of windows welcomes you to the 27' double living room with gas burning fireplace. See floor plan and full details here.

2109 Broadway
Completed in 1904 | Converted in 1990
6 1- through 4-beds from $850K - $8.9M

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 The Ansonia, #618 (Corcoran)
From the Listing: This architectural masterpiece begins with a formal marble entry foyer with perfect lighting and accented ceilings. The great room faces south with soaring ceilings, original herringbone floors, and ample wall space for artwork. From here you pass through frosted glass, double French pocket doors, to the nearly 500-square-foot chef's kitchen. Complete with a huge center island, 120-bottle wine refrigerator, top-of-the-line stainless appliances, multiple pantries, two ovens, six-burner stove top and a deep double sink which converts to a chopping station. The kitchen has three windows and ventilation. There is also space for at the island for three stools in addition to a large breakfast nook. Heading back through the foyer you will find the four bedrooms. See floor plan and full details here.

2109-Broadway The Ansonia, #1592 (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing: High-floor nine-room residence with Central Park and skyline views now available at the incomparable Ansonia. Brilliant sunlight, flowing lines and flexible space define this gracious home. This totally unique combination of four original apartments is perched on the building's dramatic 15th floor, the largest of the three levels that make up the mansard-roof penthouse section. The east and south exposures are framed by classic oversize Ansonia windows, several with the round-top profile unique to the floor. Pre-war charm flows throughout with hardwood herringbone floors, high ceilings framed by deep cove moldings, new exterior windows, and two windowed lightwells. See floor plan and full details here.

Completed in 1912 | Converted in 2018
7 1- through 3-beds from $1.725M - $9.995M

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. It is set to open on September 14, 2022 with immersive exhibit Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion.

49-Chambers-Street-01 49 Chambers Street, #7A (Compass)
From the Listing: Residence 7A is an expansive corner unit offering South, East and West exposures. Spanning over 1,800 square feet, this two bedroom, two bath residence designed by Gabellini Sheppard is housed within one of Manhattan's finest Beaux-Arts landmark buildings, offering landmarked views of City Hall. A grand entry double door opens to a foyer and two coat closets in this sophisticated home, featuring unique craftsmanship and hickory hardwood floors in a custom chevron pattern throughout. A windowed open kitchen with custom ceruse Cypress wood cabinetry by Minimal Cucine, seamlessly integrated into the living / dining room with its own wet bar, features honed San Marino marble waterfall island, countertops and backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

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
1 1-bed for $1.5M

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 The Chatsworth, #5AB (Triplemint)
From the Listing: Immaculate and sophisticated living in this timeless, 1,099-square-foot home is now your opportunity. Entering into the apartment, you are immediately met by oversized windows that draw your eye throughout the space. The pre-war proportions welcome you with the 10' ceilings, 5" wide plank herringbone floors, and crown molding. The home is perfect for entertaining with its immaculate chef's kitchen features Wolf, Miele, and Gaggenau appliances, custom lacquer cabinets, stunning quartzite counters, a window, and an open kitchen Island for the ideal setting. See floor plan and full details here.

100 Amity Street
Completed in 1898 | Converted in 2019
3 2- through 3-beds from $2.75M - $5.15M

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 4A 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.

100-Amity-Street Polhemus Residences, #PH1 (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Penthouse One is a uniquely stunning residence which offers breathtaking views and a magnificent 922-square-foot private terrace. Located at 100 Amity Street, this luxurious condo is established within a landmark building. The luxury begins with a graceful foyer that expands into a 2,284 square-foot statement space with eleven-foot ceilings. Double-hanging, expansive living room windows are handcrafted from oak and offer seating for harbor views. The loft-like living room includes a professional-grade chef's kitchen with a grand eight-foot island cut from stone. From the great room, ascend the oak staircase to the magnificent 922 square-foot private roof terrace offering panoramic views of the harbor, bridges, Manhattan, historic Brooklyn and Lady Liberty herself. See floor plan and full details here.

151 Central Park West
Completed in 1908 | Converted in 1958
No current availabilities

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."

795 Fifth Avenue
Completed in 1930 | Converted in 1959
3 1- to 3-beds from $1.775M - $4.7M

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 The Pierre, #2311 (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Located on a rare fully private co-op floor at The Pierre Hotel, this tower residence features iconic views of the Upper East Side, Fifth Avenue, and Central Park with beautiful natural light from north, south, and east-facing exposures, all perfectly framed by large windows throughout. Residence #2311 offers a generous and versatile floorplan that can accommodate various configurations and visions, including the space to create a residence with three ample bedrooms and three full baths. The current layout features a contemporary designed entry gallery measuring over 23 feet long, lined with beautiful chevron patterned hardwood floors and mirrored panels complemented with gallery lighting throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

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

164-West-74th-Street-01 All images of The Marbury via Compass
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.

Completed in 1908 | Converted in 2019
6 3- through 6-beds from $8.8M - $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.

555-West-End-Avenue-01 555 West End Avenue, #SOLARIUMPH (Compass)
From the Listing: The Solarium Penthouse at 555 West End Avenue is the kind of apartment that people see in movies and dream about. Formerly the gymnasium of the school, it has dramatic architecture but is also an apartment that is easy to live in. The Great Room (which in this case is actually an accurate name) has a 19 foot arched ceiling with a full glass wall opening to a terrace big enough for an outdoor dinner party. The open kitchen, hand-crafted in white fumed oak by Christopher Peacock with Arabescato slab marble counters and slab backsplashes has multiple spots for people to pull up a stool and be part of the cooking action or even to eat a meal, but it is set back from the living room to allow for formality if needed. See floor plan and full details here.

555-West-End-Avenue-02 555 West End Avenue, #PHTER (Compass)
From the listing: The Terrace Penthouse at 555 West End Avenue 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 5-bed for $5.95M

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 The Dorilton, #7/8B (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing: Stunning, airy Beaux-Arts duplex of sprawling proportions in prime Upper West Side. This magnificent, one of a kind, eleven room home in the legendary Dorilton building is brimming with the exquisite charm of its era. Turn of the century details include high ceilings, French doors, inlaid wood floors, Juliet balconies, stained glass windows and four fireplaces. Approximately 4,000 square feet offers the flexibility to accommodate all of your lifestyle needs. Enjoy wide open views to the south and west, which is extremely rare to come by in a prewar building. See floor plan and full details here.

180 West 58th Street
Completed in 1910 | Converted in 1980
2 2-beds from $2.1M - $2.395M

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 The Alwyn Court, #8A (Compass)
From the Listing: Apartment 8A offers beautiful rooms all with immense scale, ceilings heights approximating 10'4', a grand entrance gallery and living room, and a wonderfully flexible two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,750* square- foot layout. Originally part of a 14-room apartment, 8A comprises what was the living room, salon, music room, and reception hall. The reception hall turned gallery is tremendous and the honey-almond stained floors flow into a naturally sunlit corner living room anchored by a wood-burning fireplace with a beautiful marble mantle surround. Storage conveys with apartment. See floor plan and full details here.

1 Central Park South
Completed in 1907 | Converted in 2007
20 studio through 4-beds from $999K - $18M

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, #907 (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: All windows from every room directly face Central Park in this rare and magnificent home, featuring elevated and majestic 12-foot ceilings from this significant floor. This spectacular 3-bedroom, 3-bath residence has been thoughtfully designed by world renowned interior designer Kerry Joyce, using the finest quality of materials and finishes throughout. Never before offered to the market until now, this exquisite home features a beautiful floor plan, with grand scale picturesque windows showcasing the most breathtaking and protected views of Central Park. The elegant and welcoming entry foyer leads to a spacious and open living/dining great room with extraordinary proportions, perfect for entertaining intimate or large gatherings. Added window benches allow you to enjoy the true splendor of perfectly centered Park views. See floor plan and full details here.

1-Central-Park-South The Plaza, #1329 (Compass)
From the Listing: Rose Suite 1329 at the iconic Plaza Hotel has a spacious sitting room with a wet bar, butler's pantry, and sliding doors leading to the king-size bedroom suite with a separate dressing area to allow complete privacy. The suite overlooks 58th Street with southern exposures from both the living and bedroom. The gorgeous primary complete with a deep soaking tub is finished in 24-carat gold plated Sherle Wagner faucets and decorated with marble mosaic tile in a leaf-like pattern inspired by Central Park. The exquisite furnishings throughout the suite are classic Louis XV style. See floor plan and full details here.

Completed in 1906 | Converted in 1987
No current availabilities

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.

135 Central Park West
Completed in 1905
2 availabilities from $29,000/month

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.

135-Central-Park-West-01 The Langham, #8SC (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Each home of The Langham is uniquely finished with magnificent details such as libraries ensconced in quarter sawn English oak, ceilings that dance with European plaster work, beams, and cove moldings, walls rich with pilasters, and galleries that glow with masterful mosaic marble; then there is the magnificent, emerald view of Central Park. Coming to the market is 8SC, a 9-room home with four major rooms facing Central Park; the living room, now open to the library or dining room, formal dining room or media room, and the primary bedroom. The unique positioning to the boating pond, this is truly New York's most magical view. See floor plan and full details here.

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

Manhattan top condos The Orleans (Brown Harris Stevens)
THe Orleans Upper West SIde
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.

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