A History of Styles and Architectural Heritage

Photo 1: The San Remo apartment building -- on Central Park West and overlooking Central Park -- was the city’s “first twin-towered building” and designed from 1929-1930 by Emery Roth, a Hungarian born architect.  Roth also designed other city apartments and hotels.  During his early career in America, Roth met the famous architect, Richard M. Hunt, and worked with his firm.  Roth’s other NYC designs include the Ritz Hotel (the city’s first residential skyscraper) and the Beresford apartment building.  Famous celebrities have and do live here (including TV's fictional Odd Couple characters Oscar and Felix).  The San Remo’s design was influenced by the Italian Renaissance style and was Roth’s favorite of all his buildings.  The San Remo can often be seen in the background of photographs of one of the lakes in Central Park.  This photo was taken on W. 77th Street looking east toward Central Park.  Among the celebrities who have lived there are Dustin Hoffman, Paul Simon and Diane Keaton.

Photo 2: A red-brick building in Chinatown.

Photo 3: This church may resemble a Middle Eastern mosque, but surprisingly, it's the First Baptist Church (built in 1753) and the oldest Baptist congregation in New York. Located at the corner of West 79th Street and Broadway, it is a beautiful structure that fascinates. Unfortunately, the church is not a NYC landmark and the congregation has recently been discussing altering the building to make way for additional space.

Photo 4: Our Lady of the Lourdes Church was constructed by putting together pieces salvaged from three different 19th Century High Victorian Gothic-styled New York City buildings including the original east end of the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mott Street, pieces from the National Academy of Design and the A.T. Stewart mansion (originally on Fifth Avenue and 34thStreet).