THE CHATEAU  80th-81st, Street

The Chateau, built in 1922 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 twelve freestanding U-shaped buildings, six along each block front, which are situated back to back across a common landscaped garden at the interior of the block. The large garden opens onto 34th Avenue and is clearly visible from the street. Three street fronts around the complex are also lined with gardens. Passageways between the buildings are spanned by brick walls and iron entrance gates.

The style of The Chateau, derived from French Renaissance architecture, has been described as “reminiscent of die architecture of Henri IV of France.” Particularly suggestive of this inspiration are the imposing slate mansard roofs with dormers and finials; the Flemish bond brick facing and the decorative banding; the diaperwork patterning on the towers of the “A” buildings; the brick chimneys with decorative tops; and the stone entry portals, flanked by decorative colonnettes and capped by hoods.

The segmentally-arched door openings contain glass doors with decorative iron grilles. All of the original doors survive. Almost all of the original four-over-four double-hung wood sash windows survive, as do most of die multi-pane wood casement windows.  –

Building Department Records

Once you enter the building Building Department Records look for “browse block” link to search records for the following addresses: 34-05 80th Street / 34-13 80th Street / 34-21, 34-49 80th Street / 34-29, 80th Street / 34-37, 80th Street / 34-47, 80th Street / 34-06, 81st Street /  34-14, 81st Street /  34-22, 81st Street /  34-30, 81st Street /  34-30, 81st Street / 34-48, 81st Street

Andrew J. Thomas, Architect / Style: Neo-French Renaissance / Elevator Apartments / 5 stories / Community District 403 / City Council District 25 / Police Precinct 115

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