East River Houses

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

507-523 East 77th Street and 508-522 East 78th Street

ARCHITECT: Henry Atterbury Smith

DATE: 1909-11

Manhattan Upper East Side

The Shively Sanitary Tenements (also known as the East River Homes) are the product of a unique architectural approach to the major societal and medical problems caused by tuberculosis in the early twentieth century. Conceived by the prominent physician Dr. Henry Shively, these buildings embody his progressive ideas for providing a healthful living environment for sick persons as a means of attacking the disease at its source.

The innovative planning ideas of architect Henry Atterbury Smith are incorporated with an unusual facade design which provides a beautiful and sensitive answer to the special needs of the original residents. The conceptions of these men were translated into bricks and mortar through the generous philanthropy of Mrs. William Kissam Vanderbilt. Together these people created an unprecedented group of buildings which maintains its uniqueness in the city even today.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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