Crillon Court

779 Riverside Drive
Sidney H. Kitzler
Audubon Park Historic District

Designed in the Arts and Crafts style, the six-story Crillon Court is a buff brick building, adorned with terra-cotta and decorative brickwork. U-shaped in plan, the building is accessed through a long and irregular court that leads to a portico flanked by paired Ionic columns. The building’s name pays homage to the Hôtel Crillon, one of the world’s oldest luxury hotels in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Crillon Court, which once offered unobstructed views of the Hudson River, represented the defeat of the Washington Heights Taxpayers’ Association in their fight to limit construction to the eastern side of Riverside Drive. Resting on deep pilings that stretch some forty feet down to the land’s original elevation, Crillon Court marks the location on the Audubon farm where two streams converged to form a pond before continuing towards the Hudson.