Designated: February 19, 1974
*998 Fifth Avenue is visually divided into three superimposed four-story sections which are separated by bandcourses with balustrades, creating a strong horizontal emphasis which is repeated in the striking roof cornice. The first section consists of an unusually high base of boldly rusticated limestone, a feature which is typical of the Italian Renaissance palazzo tradition. In contrast, the upper sections are smooth-faced and accented by quoins.
The first of two horizontal accents occurs at the fifth floor, where a wide bandcourse with balusters beneath the windows creates the division. The window openings behind the balustrades have French doors with transoms and the window enframements are crowned by triangular and arched pediments. Just below this, the fourth story is adorned by panels with handsome shields in relief set between the windows.
A second horizontal accent at the ninth floor consists of a wide bandcourse with balustrades similar to that at the fifth story, but more restrained. The window openings on this floor are square-headed and crowned by full entablatures. Panels between the eighth story windows are of fine yellow Siena marble. A striking stone roof cornice with modillions and bold dentils crowns the building in traditional Italian Renaissance palazzo fashion.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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