730 & 740 Grand Concourse

Jacob M. Felson
Grand Concourse Historic District, National Register Historic District

Completed in 1939, this pair of six-story Art Deco apartment houses was designed and built by Jacob Felson. Felson was a Russian-born immigrant noted for his movie theaters and apartment houses, which can be found elsewhere on the Grand Concourse, as well as in the Upper West Side, Upper East Side and Riverside-West End Historic Districts in Manhattan. Felson used decorative brickwork to create the buildings’ most significant architectural features, including vertical elements on the central bay, dark brick bands between window openings and rounded corner bricks on the outer bays. The cast stone surrounding the recessed entryways and the rounded metalwork of the fire escapes further contribute to the buildings’ Art Deco aesthetic.