Coty Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

714 Fifth Avenue

ARCHITECT: Woodruff Leeming

DATE: 1907-08

STYLE: French

French Manhattan Upper West Side

Designed by Woodruff Leeming, the building employs French design details which visually link it and harmonize it with its Fifth Avenue neighbors. Commissioned by real estate investor Charles A. Gould, the entire building was leased to perfumer Francois Coty in 1910 to serve as his American headquarters. Shortly after acquiring the building, Coty commissioned the great 20th century glassmaker Rene Lalique to design a set of decorative glass windows which extends from and unifies the third through fifth floors, creating an overall composition. These windows, in their form and design are an extraordinary survivor and are unique in New York.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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