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The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street

between Amsterdam Avenue & Broadway   |    Morningside Heights

The Britannia - 527 West 110th Street
77

The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 77, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

29
Out of 44
+
27
Out of 36
+
12
Out of 39
+
9
=
77
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Architectural Masterpiece 8 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
None 2 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Attractive 2 out of 3 points
Alterations:
None 2 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
Yes and Good 2 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Exists 1 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Allowed and Present 0 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
No 0 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
Distinctive 2 out of 2 points
Garden:
Exists 1 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
No 0 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Very Attractive with Trees 4 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
More than 50 blocks 0 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Some 2 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
Less Than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Shopping:
5 or less Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Minimal but Attractive 2 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
5-9 2 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
9-11 Feet 2 out of 4 points
Balconies:
None 0 out of 3 points
Health Club:
None 0 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
None 0 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Considerable 2 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
None 0 out of 1 points
Door Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Concierge:
None 0 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
None 0 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
None 0 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
No 0 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
No 0 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
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Nearby Subway Stations

  1. 1
    1
    • Cathedral Parkway - 110th Street (at Broadway and Cathedral Pkwy) (0.08 miles)
     
  2. B
    B
    • Cathedral Parkway - 110th Street (at Frederick Douglass Blvd and Cathedral Pkwy) (0.43 miles)
     
  3. C
    C
    • Cathedral Parkway - 110th Street (at Frederick Douglass Blvd and Cathedral Pkwy) (0.43 miles)
     

The Britannia Overview

Cathedral Parkway is an impressive cross-street that occupies part of West 110th Street near the Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine nearby to the north.

This mid-block, 9-story building of 1909 is its finest structure even though it has long since been overshadowed by taller pre-war apartment buildings.

What makes it so fine, of course, are its wonderful "grotesques," or non-waterspouting gargoyles and its much larger than usual center light court and entrance.

In his January 16, 2009 article in The New York Times entitled "Meet Me Under the Gobbling Gargoyles," Christopher Gray asked "Does a gaggle of grimacing gargoyles make you think of home?"

With no reference to the Quasimodos of the world, Mr. Gray noted that Architects' and Builders' Magazine called the building, which is known as The Britannia, as "perhaps the most homelike apartment house in New York."

"Although five- and six-story apartment buildings were common around the turn of the last century," the article continued, "after 1905 taller structures became the rule where land costs were high. This was a new form, and for a few years developers were open to experimentation. In 1908, Gracehill Realty, of which J. Charles Weschler was the president, bought a plot between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue" on 110th Street and "hired Waid & Willauer, and instead of ordering a 12-story building like those going up elsewhere on the street, he had them experiment with a more distinctive, lower building - only nine stories. Revenue was sacrificed for architectural effect."

According to Mr. Gray, the Real Estate Record and Guide said that this building at 527 West 110th Street was reminiscent of "'the old English house,' with flanking wings, a central courtyard and multipaned windows," adding that "Courts opening onto streets were often used to provide light, but almost always at the minimum widths prescribed by the building code, or about 20 feet. Mr. Willauer said they were narrow enough to hear the neighbors...

Carter Horsley's Review
of The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street

Carter Horsley's Building Review
Read a Review of The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street byCarter Horsley

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Features & Amenities

  • Conversion Year: 1986
  • PT Doorman
  • Hi Rise
  • Pre War
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • In-Unit Washer/Dryer
  • Live-In Superintendent

Pros

  • Fine grotesques
  • Wide entrance court
  • Pre-war building
  • Convenient public tranportation
  • High ceilings
  • Private storage
  • Multipaned windows
  • Sidewalk landscaping

Cons

  • No balconies
  • No health club
  • No roof deck
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The Britannia, 527 West 110th Street Alternate Address

  • 527 Cathedral Parkway

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  • 9 Total Sales
  • $1,210 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $955,667 Avg. Price
  • $692,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Morningside Park Apt 2 | $1,995,000
    Price / ft2 $1,285
  2. Least Expensive The Britannia Apt 3 | $444,500
    Price / ft2 $1,170
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