The Big Apple hails as one of the most diverse metropolises in the world, and this eclecticism especially extends to its rich architectural history. Step back in time to the turn of the 20th century, when the Beaux-Arts movement in Paris leaped across the Atlantic to take hold in Old New York’s building boom.
Influences from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods live on in the Revival styles and elaborate details applied to private homes and grand institutions.
Simultaneously, skyscrapers sprang up, soaring higher and higher throughout the prewar era and culminating in the mega-tall towers visible now. Today, another trend is shaping the city, as well: the preservation and restoration of prewar architecture, turning outmoded apartments into vibrant communities.
Take a peek behind five historic facades where revitalized interiors invite the ultimate in 21st-century living.
Projects include: 360 Central Park West, 88 & 90 Lexington Avenue, The Standish, 350 West 71st Street and 101 West 78th Street.
The original Standish Arms Hotel opened in 1903 during the Beaux-Arts movement. Today, the 12-story building (meticulously renovated by DDG and Westbrook Partners) retains the historic brick facade, terracotta lintels and wide bay windows. Inside, the old hotel rooms were converted as luxury condominiums and renamed The Standish — still standing proud in Brooklyn Heights.
The antique cast-iron columns and decorative fireplaces are left exposed amid more modern practicalities — Austrian white oak flooring, sleek kitchens with Italian Carrara marble countertops and master baths paved with silver travertine — all surrounded in crisp white simplicity. The building offers a 24-hour concierge / doorman, a fitness studio, a children’s playroom and private and bicycle storage available for purchase.