Manhattan Residential Architecture from the 19th Century to the 21st Century:
New Yorkers lived in townhouses during the 19th century.
19th Century Single Family Townhouses were made of Brownstone and Limestone.
The luxury apartment house was actually invented in New York in the late 19th century. Upper-class New Yorkers lived in townhouses and single-family mansions during the 19th century. By 1930, 90% percent of Manhattanites lived in apartments. To lure potential tenants, developers borrowed the word "apartment" from the French to make the new buildings sound more fashionable. The word and the lifestyle stuck.
In 1890 The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan.
It's Beaux Art Chateau style architecture was popular in the late 19th century.
Architect: Henry Hardenburgh
In 1904 The Ansonia was called the most technologically advanced apartment house in the world.
Architect: Grave and Duboy built (1899-1904)
Apartment house living spread from New York to the rest of the country.
1930 Art Deco Buildings - The San Remo Apartments
An ad for the San Remo in the NY Times in April 1930 called it :
As modern as a flying boat, as luxurious as the Ile de France and designed for people who are at home on both. Birds in the sky are your only neighbors.
Architect: Emory Roth's 27 story Masterpiece
After World War II the New York apartment buildings became flat panels of brick and glass, lacking shape, color, texture, and ornamants.
1950 Brick Buildings
1960 Buildings were white brick - Wedding cake style
Fairmont- Upper East Side built in 1964
1970 Buildings made of concrete have set back vertical rectangles with balconies
1980 Brick facade with glass - post modern
The Boulevard 1988 - Upper West Side
Distinctive Brick facade of the 90's
2000 Glass Towers of the New Millenium
200 West End Avenue