Endangered Buildings Initiative



400-06 West 57th St., Manhattan

The Windermere is an early apartment building which marketed flats to ‘The New Woman’ in 1881 – single, working women, living alone. Taken together with the 1885 Osborne, a designated landmark, the two are the only remaining large apartment buildings on the west side of midtown Manhattan.

The Windermere has endured two decades of virtually no maintenance, at the hands of an absentee owner, a foreign corporation. A professional engineer retained by the Conservancy found the building to be in precarious condition in June 2005. It is not safe for occupancy. Much of the roof and floor framing has extensive water damage. The structural stability of the unbraced brick masonry parapets, cornices and decorative features is also an active concern.

Several non-profit and private real estate developers have expressed interest in renovating and restoring the facility. However, the owner has not been cooperative or communicative.

The Windermere was designated a City landmark in June 2005. It has also been deemed eligible for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. These actions give the Landmarks Conservancy encouragement for continued advocacy to find a way to see to it that this landmark is preserved and put to good use.

Neighborhood: Midtown West
Building use type: Multiple Dwelling
Condition: Poor
Architect/Builder: Theophilus G. Smith
Year built: 1880
Style: Renaissance Revival
Predominant materials: Masonry
NYC Designation Status: Landmark
National Designation Status:
Lot width: 125
Lot depth: 100
Building width: 115
Building depth: 100
Zoning: C1-8

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