American Academy of Dramatic Arts

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

120 Madison Avenue

CLIENT: Colony Club

ARCHITECT: McKim, Mead & White

DATE: 1905

STYLE: Federal Eclectic

women's organization

Designated: May 17, 1966

*When Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, designed this handsome Federal Eclectic building in 1905, his client was the Colony Club, the first women’s organization in New York City to build itself a club house for social activities and an artistic center. The plan, accordingly, required spaces for assembly rooms, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, dining quarters and a roof garden, many of which were sure to be reflected on the exterior design.

The architects provided all of these facilities within six stories and a basement, on a narrow lot and in an individual manner. He chose a rather free version of the Federal Style. The grayish red brickwork with its admirable texture and color is very unusual in its pattern. A handsome white limestone is used for the window lintels, trim, cornice and stones at the comers. The second floor lounge is well expressed on the exterior by five arched window openings with French doors and sash above extending to a two-story height. The doors lead to a shallow balcony, which is supported by thin pilasters and extends the entire width of the building. This provides a very pleasant shadow to accent the entrance and ground floor windows. A beautiful stone cornice crowned by a perforated railing separates the lower four floors from the curb roof and its five dormers, which give light and air to the dining room. Glass enclosures on top of the roof declare the presence of a delightful roof garden.

*Excerpt form the Landmarks Preservation Commission 

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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