Posh Portals with Untapped NY
Oct 21, 2020

Posh Portals with Untapped NY

New York City is home to some of the most lavish examples of luxury apartment buildings anywhere in the world, many of which date back close to a century. Luxury apartment living was invented in New York City in 1884 with the Dakota, and the early part of the 20th century saw a wave of superb apartment buildings being built in the city. Each of these remarkable residences has an entrance that, as architectural historian Andrew Alpern writes in the introduction to his new book, Posh Portals, “is that important first impression, the opening sentence of the architectural story that sets the mood of the apartment building.”

In this event, Andrew Alpern takes us on a virtual tour of the extraordinary entrances to some of New York City’s finest architectural treasures. Highlights of this event include the entrances to such iconic luxury apartment buildings as the Dakota and the San Remo, as well as lesser-known gems like Brooklyn's Chateau Frontenac. Alpern will explore the features that give these entrances their distinctive character, share some of their colorful histories, and discuss surprising similarities among some of the entrances he discovered in his research for Posh Portals.

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From:   October 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM
To:  October 21, 2020 - 7:00 PM (Eastern)

Posh Portals

Elegant Entrances and Ingratiating Ingresses to Apartments for the Affluent in New York City


An illustrated tour of the elegant entrances to New York City’s most celebrated apartment houses

This handsome, oversized book introduces us to the grandest entrances of New York City’s residential buildings. These posh portals come in an array of forms and styles, such as the porte cochere, with a passage to admit carriages or motor cars; the classic awning, originally meant to be retracted in good weather; and Neoclassical, Romanesque, and Gothic revivals. 

Architectural historian Andrew Alpern highlights approximately 140 entrances, from the nineteenth century to the present, including those of the Dakota, the first true luxury apartment house in New York; San Remo, one of Central Park West’s most impressive apartment houses; and the Ansonia, at one time the largest hotel in the world. Each entrance is accompanied by a description of its signal features and the history of the building that surrounds it. All are represented in splendid color photographs, and many by charming watercolor drawings.

These ornate entrances offer a glimpse into New York’s past, as well as its future―for today, once again, entryways have begun to feature heavily in the marketing of residential buildings. Posh Portals will be an inspiration for architects and a delight for city dwellers.

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