The Regis High School is five stories high, built of stone, and functionally designed to meet the needs of urban education. It presents an appearance of Classic monumentality because of the rows of Ionic columns that enrich its facades. Regis occupies a site that runs through from 84th Street to 85th Street between Madison and Park Avenues.
To make maximum use of the available space and to provide the quiet and seclusion that are so desirable for effective education, the architects planned their building around a central courtyard with most of the classrooms opening on it. Because the building is located at mid-block, only the two facades on the cross streets can be seen on the exterior, and it is on these that the designers demonstrated their ability to apply the classical idiom to a modern high school.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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