This one-bedroom apartment, now on the market for $575,000, comes from the historic co-op building the Riviera, located at 790 Riverside Drive in Washington Heights. CityRealty’s architecture critic Carter Horsley offers a good review of the architecture: “This very distinguished, five-sided, building has a most unusual floor plan with five deep light wells. It was designed by Rouse and Goldstone and erected in 1910 by the Riveria Realty Company in an Italian Renaissance-palazzo style. The 13-story building has a three-story, rusticated limestone base, limestone quoins, and arched windows at its top floor beneath a quite distinctive cornice of multiple arches. There are several very handsome decorative balconies and the building has spacious lobbies.”
The luxury apartments, which originally came with as many as 10 rooms, were designed with libraries, butlers’ pantries and parquet flooring. Many of the units–like this one–have been chopped up and made smaller, but this apartment retains the historic cast-iron balconies.
The entrance opens up into a large foyer with an open living and dining area to the right. The unit still retains the high ceilings, large windows, parquet floors and grand arched entryways that made these apartments so special.
The first juliet balcony is off the current dining room area. The room also looks out into the partially open kitchen, which has its own big window.
The second juliet balcony is located in the bedroom. This is a large space with more big windows and two walk-in closets. We love the wood detailing around all the windows in the apartment.
Here’s the view from the apartment. The Riviera overlooks the Audubon Park Historic District and Audubon Terrace, an enclave of cultural institutions at 155th Street and Broadway that includes Trinity Cemetery and the Church of the Intercession. It’s one of many Beaux Arts apartment buildings in the area. A lovely, large one bedroom in a lovely, historic part of town? Sounds like a good setup indeed.
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Photos courtesy of Halstead
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