There are innumerable stories edifaces throughout New York City and with any luck we’ll get around to more of them as time passes, we’re in no rush. One of our personal favorites right in the neighborhood is Temple Emanu-el.
Architects: Robert D. Kohn, Charles Butler, and Clarence Stein
Style that can best be described as Modern Medieval Romanesque, quite a grouping of styles, but fully applicable considering the photos.
Curbed did a very nice write-up on the passing of the property from Astor to Emanu-el:
John Jacob Astor IV, the great-grandson of the original John Jacob, is known as the richest person to die on the Titanic and also as the builder of the most impressive personal mansion of all the Astors. The palatial residence at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street was designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1893 as a twin residence for John Jacob and his mother, Caroline Astor, also known as “the Mrs. Astor.”. After her death in 1907, New York Public Library architects Carrere & Hastings were hired to combine the two houses. Unfortunately for John Jacob, he didn’t get to enjoy his new private megamansion for long, as he would go down with the ship five years later, in 1912. His son, Vincent, sold the house in 1926 and it was replaced by the Temple Emanu-El.