Spending so much time in London over the past two years I had forgetten how magical are New York’s town homes, especially on the UES (Upper East Side). When down in the City lately, I squeezed in a stroll through the side streets of my former stomping grounds. And lo and behold, just when I thought I had searched out the most compelling townhouses on the UES, I turned a corner…or ventured a little further down a block…and voila! another good choice for a blog.
As an architecture buff, I find the offerings inspirational to the point of being exhilarating — whether limestone, brick, stucco, stone block or brownstone — these private homes and institutions represent a significant history of good design. Put another way — delicious eye candy! My one-liner comments below capture my spontaneous response when chancing upon each of these handsome examples.
An intriguing juxtaposition of stone work and style between the first and second stories.
A most handsome townhome, obviously enjoyed given the seating on the iron balcony.
Distinctive window detailing!
Warm and appealing tones for what would normally be a much deeper shade of “brownstone.”
How elegant with its slightly curved limestone facade.
The perfect pairing…the wide door and frame scaled handsomely to the elegantly simple window with grill detail.
A Grand (with a capital G) entrance.
Me thinks we are in London…
Comforting and inviting.
Aaah, the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
A red door and charcoal gray balustrade adding a bit of verve to an otherwise traditional stone townhouse.