Endangered Buildings Initiative

110-120 East 76th St

110-120 East 76th St
110-120 East 76th St

110-120 East 76th St, Manhattan

The six Lenox Hill Brownstones (110-120 East 76th Street), as they are known, were designed and built in 1885 by Augustus Hatfield for the developer John J. Macdonald. They are modest three story structures over basements designed in the Neo-Grec style, with incised foliate ornament on the window surrounds. Other historic features of the buildings, like the stoops, have been removed, painted over, or disfigured by neglect.

Lenox Hill Hospital purchased the buildings over a number of years, owning all of them by 1976. In 1989 the hospital proposed to turn them into a sports medicine center designed by architect James S. Polshek. Although the adaptive reuse proposal was approved by the Landmarks Commission, it was never executed. The buildings appear to be completely vacant, although until recently some space was used for offices.

Press reports in 2001-02 described a revival of the sports medicine facility plan which has not occurred. Some cosmetic repairs have been made to the ground floor facades, but the buildings continue to look blighted and remain substantially vacant, an anomoly in a thriving historic district.

Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Building use type: Institutional
Condition: Poor
Architect/Builder: Augustus Hatfield
Year built: 1885
Style: Greek Revival
Predominant materials: Brownstone
NYC Designation Status: Landmark
National Designation Status: Historic District
Lot width: 16
Lot depth: 102
Building width: 16
Building depth: 55
Zoning: R8B

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