E. Hayward and Amelia Parsons Ferry House

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

26 West 56th Street

ARCHITECT: Harry Allan Jacobs

DATE: 1907-08

STYLE: Neo-French Classic

Manhattan Neo-French Classic Upper West Side

Designated 11/10/2009

This highly intact former townhouse is an exceptionally fine example of the restrained Neo-French Classic variant of the Beaux-Arts style and forms part of “Bankers Row,” a group of five residences built for bankers on West 56th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The building’s rusticated base focuses on a large central entry with an elegantly carved lion’s head and garlands surmounting a pair of original iron-and-glass doors.

The smooth limestone mid-section of the façade is framed by two colossal pilasters set off by narrow bands of waterleaf-and-dart molding. The tripartite windows at the center of the façade retain their historic paired wood casements and transoms and are accented by a stone balcony at the third story. A heavy cornice and balustrade caps the third story, balancing the strong verticals created by the piers.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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