Empire House (200 East 71st Street)
|Location:||New York, NY|
A classic postwar design of 1961, The Empire House at 200 East 71st Street is an excellent example of the new apartment buildings that sprang up all over the city during the height of Mid-Century Modernism. Architects Schuman & Lichtenstein, along with such firms as Boak & Raad and Emery Roth and Sons, forged a new aesthetic that focused on crisp lines, spotless surfaces and light-filled interiors. Built of shining glazed brick, buildings such as 200 E. 71st Street symbolized the gleaming new city of technology and new trends in living that catered to single men and women as well as families: the original brochure boasted of central air conditioning and Kitchen Aid electric dishwashers as the very latest in luxury and convenience. Vidaris was able to work with the building’s original architects to complete a full recladding of the façade in buff-colored brick as well as replacing windows and the roof. The result is an understated upgrade of 1960s chic.