The Towers, built in 1923-25 to designs by Andrew J. Thomas, is one of the Queensboro Corporation’s early garden apartment complexes in Jackson Heights. Occupying most of the block, the complex consists of eight freestanding U-shaped buildings, four along each blockfront, which are situated back-toback across a common landscaped garden at the interior of the block. The garden is opens onto 34th Avenue and is clearly visible from the street. The three street fronts around the complex are also lined with gardens and iron fences. The passageways between the buildings are spanned by brick walls and entrance gates.
Each blockfront of four six-story brick buildings with masonry trim is arranged in a “A-B-B-A” pattern. The inner buildings (“B”) are symmetrically massed and have prominent entrances at the center, while the outer buildings (“A”) are asymmetrically massed and have corner towers marking the ends of the complex. The style of the Towers is derived from Italian Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Particularly suggestive of this inspiration are the palazzo-like massing; the red tile roofs with overhanging eaves; the arcaded sixth-story loggias and tower belvederes (“A”); the round attic-story windows (“A”); and the arched stone entrance surrounds which are either keyed (“A”) or rusticated (“B”) and topped by cartouches. Other notable features include the iron and glass double doors with fanlights, decorative bandcourses, stone trim at the towers and loggias, balustraded balconettes, and large stone griffons flanking the iron gates leading to the interior garden. –nyc.gov
Once you enter the building Building Department Records look for “browse block” link to search records for the following addresses: 33-52 81st Street / 33-40 81st Street / 33-28 81st Street / 33-16 81st Street / 33-51 80st Street / 33-39 80st Street / 33-27 80st Street / 33-15 80st Street
Elevator Apartments / Cooperative (D4) /Owned by THE TOWERS COOPERATIVE / 114 units / Community District 403 / City Council District 25 / Police Precinct 115 / Block/lot: 1253/1 / Stories: 6 / Neo-Romanesque / Andrew J. Thomas, Architect / Queensboro Corp, Developer
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