Walk 9: Upper West Side

The Upper West Side became the city's new residential quarter in late 19th and early 20th Century. Mostly, these homes were built for residents who worked downtown. The new elevated lines of the 1870s made it possible to develop this barren, rocky terrain into blocks of row houses, tenements and apartment houses for the very wealthy and for the working middle-class. The city's new quarter quickly attracted many established religious institutions that built grand buildings on important corner lots in an effort to outshine one another. Cultural institutions also blossomed in this new, elite section of the city. This walk will focus on different housing types, and the development of the multiple-dwelling building, from the tenement to the grand apartment house.

Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street, Henry Hardenbergh [1881-84]
Langham Building, 135 Central Park West, Clinton and Russell [1905]
San Remo, 145-146 Central Park West, Emery Roth [1930]
Kenilworth, 151 Central Park West, Ralph Townsend, Steinle and Haskell, 1908
Universalist Church of New York, 4 West 76th Street, William Potter [1898]
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, York and Sawyer [1908] and Walker and Gillette [1938]
Museum of Natural History, Central Park West between 77th and 81st Streets, Calvert Vaux and Jacob Mould [1872-7]; Cady, Berg and See [1892-8]; Charles Volz [1908]; Trowbridge and Livingston [1924, 1926 and 1933] and John Russell Pope [1936]
The Studio Building, 44 West 77th Street, Harde and Short [1909]
Garages, Amsterdam Avenue at 75th and 77th Streets, C. Abbott French and Company [1890]
Ansonia, 2109 Broadway, Graves and Duboy [1899-1904]
Row houses 341-357 West End Avenue, Lamb and Rich [1890-91]
Dutch Collegiate Church, West End Avenue at 77th Street, Robert Gibson [1891-2]
Row houses, 301-307 West 78th Street, Frederick B. White [1884-6]
Apthorp, 2111 Broadway, Clinton and Russell [1906-8]

Related links:
-Museum of Natural History
-The New York Historical Society
-Central Park Site

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