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Harperly Hall

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Built  1910-1911
Phone  +1 212-595-3315
Opened  1911
Added to NRHP  9 November 1982
Harperly Hall
Location  Manhattan, New York City, New York
Part of  Central Park West Historic District (#82001189)
Address  1 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023, USA
Architectural style  Renaissance Revival architecture
Similar  The Brent, The Langham, Second Church of Christ - Sc, The Beresford, The San Remo

Harperly Hall, 41 Central Park West, is an apartment building in Manhattan, New York City, United States. The building is located along prestigious Central Park West and was built in 1910, it opened in 1911. Cast in the Arts and Crafts style, a rarity for New York City, Harperly Hall was designed by Henry W. Wilkinson. The structure was listed as a contributing property to the U.S. federal government designated Central Park West Historic District in 1982 when the district joined the National Register of Historic Places. At one time it was known as the Madonna building as Sean Penn and singer Madonna lived there.



Henry Wilhelm Wilkinson, the building's architect, and a group investors purchased the property at the northwest corner of 64th Street and Central Park West in 1909. The original group included Wilkinson, Mary Bookwalter, a decorator, Dwight Tryon, an artist, Wallace Irwin, a humorist and concert manager Loudon Charlton. According to the corporate papers they filed their goal was to build a cooperative "suitable for artists' studios." The building was named after a manor house in County Durham, England, the Wilkinson's ancestral home.

By March 1910 construction on Harperly Hall was nearing completion, the building represented the first housing cooperative in the Central Park West area. The building officially opened in 1911 with 76 apartments.


The building at 41 Central Park West was designed by architect Henry W. Wilkinson. Wilkinson's design is unique from the typical apartment building design of the day. Wilkinson, who had little experience designing apartment-houses, used the Arts and Crafts style liberally, throughout the structure. Though the building is cast mostly in the Arts and Crafts style, a rarity for New York City, it does contain elements of the Neo-Italian Renaissance style.

The facade is brown brick with a limestone base and terra cotta trim. The bricks, rough and mottled, are laid in "undulating lozenges" on the face of the building. This forms a "carpet-like" texture which gives the building a handmade character. Glazed tiles highlight the surface where they provide colorful displays of gold, turquoise and green. The glazed tile work is most likely the work of ceramicist Henry Mercer.


Harperly Hall Wikipedia