22-24 East 41st Street

(3) 22-24 East 41st Street 
George & Edward Blum 1912-14  
Built FAR:  2.93 proposed 21.6

22-24 East 41st Street
George & Edward Blum, 1912

A short time after Judson S. Todd’s Holland Construction Company gave George & Edward Blum the commission for the office building at 18-20 East 41st Street, the Real Estate Record and Builders Guide announced that Todd had also hired the Blums to design a four-story loft building on the plot to the east. However, when the new building permit was issued later that year, the owner was listed as Maude Adams Kiskadden and the Rivoli Realty Company; the Blums, however, remained the architects. For this relatively small Midtown building, the Blums covered the facade in heavily-ornamented blocks of white-glazed terra cotta. Almost every inch of the facade is covered in terra-cotta block, some with the organic forms favored by the Blums, often overlaid with the geometric panels that appear on many of their finest designs. The building is four bays wide, with the central windows paired. The windows are recessed within an ornamental frame and each has a large spandrel. The frame and spandrels are composed of small blocks of terra cotta that heighten the overall geometric rhythm of the facade design. Although the first floor has been altered, the three upper floors of this unique building remain intact.

References:

“Current Building Operations,” Real Estate Record and Builders Guide 90 (October 5, 1912): 634.

Dolkart, Andrew S. and Susan Tunick, George & Edward Blum: Texture and Design on New York Apartment House Architecture (New York: Friends of Terra Cotta Press, 1993).

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