Monday, June 13, 2011

NYC Vintage Image Of The Day: The Beloved Butterfield House, 1962

When it was built in 1962, the beloved Butterfield House cooperative at 37 West 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Greenwich Village, was considered a triumph of "modern architecture."
The 12th Street facade of Butterfield House...

The building is seven stories on 12th Street and 13 stories as it extends to 13th Street, and was deemed a "friendly neighborhood highrise" by the AIA Guide to NYC, while the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission cites it as an example of "urban harmony" between modern architecture and older forms.

The 13th Street facade...
Likewise, the Municipal Art Society of New York awarded the building's architects for the same reason, and The New York Times called it It was named "one of the ten best apartment houses in New York."

The 12th Street facade offers large bay windows and balconies, reminiscent of the area's historic brownstones, with the 13th Street wing connected by a glass-walled corridor that runs through a landscaped interior courtyard with fountains (see architectural rendering to the right).

In addition, the lobby and a long passageway to the 13th Street wing are elegant with a glazed courtyard in the middle. Butterfield has a total of 102 units, and remains in pristine condition today.

Many of the residences are floor-through apartments, overlooking the street at one end and the gardens at the other. As of May 2011, 2-bedroom apartments on the market ranged from $1.8 million to $2.4 million.