785 Fifth Avenue

Building Name

785 Fifth Avenue


Emery Roth & Sons

Year(s) Built



Upper East Side Historic District

785 Fifth Avenue
Project Information:

An apartment building designed by Richard Roth of Emery Roth and
Sons and built in 1962-63. Application is to construct a terrace

CB8 Hearing: 11/14/12 (Disapproved)
LPC Hearing: 01/15/13 (Approved)

Other projects: September 24, 2013

FRIENDS' Testimony:

The streamlined white brick modernism of 785 Fifth Avenue is enlivened by the ziggurat-like setbacks at its upper floors. The openness of these setbacks is a key design feature and the detrimental effects of terrace enclosures can be viewed in two instances on the East 60th Street fa├žade, both of which were installed before the designation of the Upper East Side Historic District. The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS found fault in using these pre-designation terrace enclosures as precedents for a new enclosure, which would continue a trend of inappropriate alterations to this building. We ask the Commission to deny this application.