2985-2995 Botanical Square
Jacob M. Felson

Also known as Botanical Garden Arms, this block-long Tudor Revival brick apartment complex is comprised of two six-story buildings which operate as a single unit with a central courtyard. It was built during the first period of development of this area, characterized by revivalist architectural styles which featured decorative elements such as corner towers, faux half-timbering and classically decorated main entry porticos.


Architect Jacob M. Felson was born in Russia and
immigrated to the US with his parents in 1888. He studied at Cooper Union and started his practice in 1910, designing private homes in Westchester County and New Jersey, as well as movie theaters and apartment buildings in New York. His work is represented in the Upper West Side/Central Park West, Upper East Side, Riverside-West End and Grand Concourse Historic Districts. Another of Felson’s classical revival buildings stands at 222 Bedford Park Blvd (ca. 1937), with stone and brick façade ornamentation.