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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 marked 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. This year’s traditional military parade in Paris was closed to the public, but French President Emmanuel Macron rededicated the celebration to today’s heroes: medical professionals and essential workers.
Bastille Day is also celebrated across the pond, where New York’s French restaurants and cultural institutions pay tribute to the holiday. Those celebrations were similarly muted this year, but the country's cultural gifts to the city, ranging from fine dining to the Statue of Liberty live on. 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.
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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.

2109 Broadway
Completed in 1904 | Converted in 1990
7 studio through 6-beds from $675K - $15M

2109-Broadway-01 Sotheby's
2109-Broadway-01 All images of The Ansonia via Elegran
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. This spacious apartment is entered through a gracious entrance gallery leading to the magnificent living room and formal dining room. Interiors boast soaring ceilings, herringbone floors, and incredible natural light through arched windows. See floor plan and full details here.

Completed in 1912 | Converted in 2018
14 1- through 4-beds from $1.65M - $7.5M

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. The penthouse is reached in grand style through double doors and a formal entrance gallery. The Great Room opens up to a kitchen with custom cypress cabinetry, honed marble countertops and island, and best-in-class appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

344 West 72nd Street
Completed in 1904 | Converted in 2014
5 2- through 5-beds from $1.97M - $9.8M

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. This split two-bedroom is underscored by contemporary infrastructure like advanced home automation prewiring, zoned heating and cooling, and in-unit washer/dryer. Just off the grand living area, the open windowed kitchen is outfitted with high-end appliances and a quartzite kitchen island. Virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

100 Amity Street
Completed in 1898 | Converted in 2019
4 3-beds from $3.4M - $4.7M

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. This luminous home is filled with light from a majestic double-hung window, and interior features include soaring ceilings, open chef's kitchen, and exquisite finishes throughout. The master suite boasts access to two private terraces, generous closet space, and a luxurious five-fixture bath. See floor plan and full details here.

151 Central Park West
Completed in 1908 | Converted in 1958
1 3-bed for $6.2M

THe Kenilworth (Ajay Suresh for Wikipedia)
Kenilworth Upper West Side
Elegant apartment is well situated in an equally grand building on the Gold Coast of Central Park West. Interiors of this classic eight boast light from triple exposures, high beamed ceilings, original oak floors, and entertaining rooms overlooking Central Park. The entertaining rooms and bedrooms are well separated by a grand foyer. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

795 Fifth Avenue
Completed in 1930 | Converted in 1959
5 1- to 4-beds from $1.7M - $60M

795-Fifth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Elegran
High-floor home in an iconic New York City hotel is one of only two apartments on its floor, and occupies the entire Fifth Avenue side for direct views of Central Park, the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and the Midtown skyline. Recent renovations include refinished floors, new millwork, enlarged closets, and expanded kitchen. Residents enjoy access to all hotel services and amenities. See floor plan and full details here.

164 West 74th Street
Completed in 1901 | Converted in 2019
5 1- through 4-beds from $2.5M - $7M

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 residence boasts high ceilings, oversized windows, top-of-the-line infrastructure, and peaceful master suite. The kitchen is 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
9 3- through 4-beds from $7.9M - $22.5M

555-West-End-Avenue-01 Images of 555 West End Avenue via Compass | Photo Credit: Joel Pitra of DDreps
Duplex penthouse is the crowning glory of a Catholic school turned luxury condominium on the Upper West Side. The main floor has terraces outside almost every window and door, and a roof terrace looks out on open city and river views. Interiors boast grand proportions, a marble-clad gas fireplace, eat-in chef's kitchen, and luxurious bedroom suites. See floor plan and full details here.

171 West 71st Street
Completed in 1902 | Converted in 1984
2 2-beds from $1.9M - $2.5M

The Dorilton -Upper West Side (Brown Harris Stevens)
171-West-71st-Street-02 Interiors via Sotheby's
171-West-71st-Street-01 (CityRealty)
Landmarked building on the Upper West Side has been meticulously restored to its original splendor, and the apartments inside have received the same attention. Interiors combine historic architectural details with smart home infrastructure and superior finishes. The living room seamlessly segues into a chef's kitchen with a windowed sink and high-end appliances. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

180 West 58th Street
Completed in 1910 | Converted in 1980
2 1- to 2-beds from $1.4M - $2.2M

180-West-58th-Street-02 Interiors via Halstead
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. This sprawling prewar home is reached through a grand entrance gallery, and interiors feature 11'2" ceilings, northern exposure, working wood-burning fireplace, custom built-in bookshelves, and bedrooms with generous closet space. The windowed kitchen boasts high-end appliances and thick marble countertops. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

1 Central Park South
Completed in 1907 | Converted in 2007
10 studio to 4-beds from $1.2M - $45M

1-Central-Park-South-02 Interiors via Compass
1-Central-Park-South-01 The Plaza #1503 via Brown Harris Stevens
Designed in the French Renaissance style, The Plaza is one of New York City's most iconic buildings. Following the partial conversion to condos, residents have access to all the hotel's amenities and services. Every room in this apartment enjoys direct Central Park views, high ceilings, and herringbone floors. The living/dining room separates the bedrooms, both of which have en suite baths. See floor plan and full details here.

Completed in 1906 | Converted in 1987

135 Central Park West
Completed in 1905
1 5-bed for $37,500/month

135-Central-Park-West-02 All images of The Langham via Douglas Elliman
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. See floor plan and full details here.

100 West 80th Street
Completed in 1900 | Converted in 2014
1 4-bed for $16,950/month

Manhattan top condos The Orleans (Brown Harris Stevens)
THe Orleans Upper West SIde
100-West-80th-Street-03 All images of The Orleans via Halstead
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. See floor plan and full details here.
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