1095 Park Avenue, 1100 Park Avenue

Schwartz & Gross, 1929-30 – NYC HD, NR-D
De Pace & Juster, 1929-30– NYC HD, NR-D

In 1929, the New York State Legislature passed the Multiple Dwelling Law, requiring better standards for safety, health and access to light and air. Its benefits for the city’s poor were great, but on Park Avenue, the law translated into a design trend toward terraced upper floors, like those on 1095 and 1100 Park Avenue. The law also introduced water tanks to the urban landscape for drinking water and fire protection. On Park Avenue, water tanks were concealed behind rooftop pavilions, which fit right in with the stepped architectural silhouette that had become trendy during the Depression era, forming a crown at the top of the entire ensemble.