Manhattan Classic

New York's Finest Prewar Apartments

Geoffrey Lynch


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     9 × 12 in (22.9 × 30.5 cm)
224 pages
200 color illustrations, 175 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616891671

The Dakota. The Apthorp. The San Remo. The names of these legendary New York apartment buildings evoke images of marble-lined lobbies, uniformed doormen, and sunlit penthouses with sweeping Central Park views. Built from the 1880s through 1930s, classic prewar apartments were designed to lure townhouse dwellers reluctant to share a roof with other families. Billed as private mansions in the sky, they promised a charmed Manhattan lifestyle of elegance and luxury. Manhattan Classic takes readers on a lavishly illustrated guided tour of eighty-five of the most coveted buildings in New York. Author Geoffrey Lynch provides capsule histories, equal parts architectural and social history, of the most celebrated examples, with anecdotes about well-known residents and essential information about notable features. This gorgeous coffee table book is an indispensible resource for apartment hunters, real estate and design professionals, and anyone fascinated by the grace and glamour of prewar style.
  • Includes a Manhattan street map locating each building, exterior photographs, sample floor plans, and full-color shots of furnished interiors
  • Features biographies of key architects and indexes listing 500 top buildings, organized by neighborhood and architect
  • A colorful cross section of New York society past and present make cameo appearances, from Ginger Rogers and gangster Meyer Lansky to Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, who were famously turned down in their bid to purchase an apartment at The Dakota

Geoffrey Lynch is a partner at the New York-based H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture<

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal:

"This volume's well-illustrated architectural/historical approach makes it valuable to both academic and public libraries that focus on this area."

House Beautiful:

"A new comprehensive coffee table tome, out this month, Manhattan Classic by Geoffrey Lynch, opens the doors to the luxury buildings on Park Avenue and Central Park West and more modest apartments throughout the city designed by the great prewar architects."

Curbed National:

"In Manhattan Classic: New York's Finest Prewar Apartments, New York City architect Geoffrey Lynch presents photo-heavy histories on 84 of Manhattan's ritziest apartment buildings. Addresses on Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, and Central Park West should be familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of the most enviable of and pricey of NYC real estate offerings. But his lens is a historic one; Lynch is looking to tell the story of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century golden age of New York architecture and the architects that shaped it. But between explorations of Rosario Candela's influences and Clinton & Russell's technique, there are naturally some pretty ornate, lavish, and out-there interiors on display. "

"This book from Geoffrey Lynch, a partner at the New York-based H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, doesn't disappoint. There are beautiful images, interesting and well researched text, and an example of a floor plan from every building included in the book. Surprisingly for someone as obsessed with photography as much as I am, it was the inclusion of floor plans which hooked me the most ... .it's been a luscious diversion to curl up in bed with Mr Lynch's book on my lap, closely inspecting the photos and studying the floor plans, dreaming about which building I'd choose to live in if I had the chance. I think the sign of a good book is that it inspires you to want to learn even more."

The New York Times:

"If you're a real estate hound, Manhattan Classic: New York's Finest Prewar Apartments is either a twist of the knife or a handy resource, depending on your point of view and your bank account. "

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