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W 71st Street Row Houses

W 71st Street Row Houses
Balcony window
First floor window detail
343 W 71st Street
341 W 71st Street
339 W 71st Street
339, 337 W 71st Street
335, 333 W 71st Street
333 W 71st Street
331 W 71st Street
331, 329 W 71st Street
329-343 W 71st Street
Terra cotta bracket
First floor window detail
A second-story window with columns and pilasters
Balcony detail
First floor window at 329 W 71st Street
343, 341 W 71st Street
341 W 71st Street
341, 339 W 71st Street
339 W 71st Street
339 W 71st Street
337 W 71st Street
335 W 71st Street
335, 333 W 71st Street
333 W 71st Street
331 W 71st Street
329 W 71st Street

333 W 71st Street

A balcony window

First floor window detail

343 W 71st Street

341 W 71st Street

339 W 71st Street

339, 337 W 71st Street

335, 333 W 71st Street

333 W 71st Street

331 W 71st Street

331, 329 W 71st Street

329-343 W 71st Street

Terra cotta bracket

First floor window detail

A second-story window with columns and pilasters

Balcony detail

First floor window at 329 W 71st Street

343, 341 W 71st Street

341 W 71st Street

341, 339 W 71st Street

339 W 71st Street

339 W 71st Street

337 W 71st Street

335 W 71st Street

335, 333 W 71st Street

333 W 71st Street

331 W 71st Street

329 W 71st Street

West 71st Street, between West End Avenue and Riverside Boulevard, was designated a New York City Historic District in 1989, to preserve 36 buildings – principally row houses built 1893-1896 on a dead-end street.

This collection depicts eight of those houses – 329 to 343 W 71st Street – designed by Horgan & Slattery.

History does not look kindly on Horgan & Slattery; their most prominent commissions, it was charged, came from Tammany Hall connections rather than merit. This set of row houses, though private residences untainted by political connections, have been criticized as a copy of Stanford White’s Century Association Building on W 43rd Street (see The New York Times article).

Regardless of who should get credit for the design (the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission credits Horgan & Slattery without comment), they are exceptional buildings!

The yellow/tan brick, terra cotta decoration, alternating round-arched and plain doors, oval windows, balconies, columns and pilasters – give the buildings unique character.

If you visit the block you’ll see something else that’s unique: An artificial “dead end.” Before Riverside Boulevard was created over the former West Side rail yards, W 71st was a dead end. The street now joins Riverside Boulevard, but barriers (retractable to allow emergency vehicles) make it a through street only for pedestrians. A local resident said the barriers are to maintain the street’s quiet character.

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