Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh
The Art Students League of New York
Address
215 West 57th Street
New York, N.Y. 10019
Location
West 57th and 58th Streets between Seventh Avenue and Broadway
Neighborhood
Midtown
Built
Nov. 4, 1891, to Oct. 31, 1892 (Hardenbergh collaborated with W.C. Hunting & J.C. Jacobsen)
Style
French Renaissance
Use
Art school and gallery
AIA Guide
"A stately French Renaissance pile, originally built for an organization that included the Architectural League; now a somewhat academic art school for both amateurs and professionals, perhaps closer to the mainstream in these days of recovered realism."
Landmark Status
Designated a New York City individual landmark in 1968. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Viewed in the context of Hardenbergh's other work, it's easy to see the influence of Hunting and Jacobsen in the ornate stonework here. The back is significantly less interesting. Reflect light plays on five brick arches. Lacking windows, the backside presents a bleak face to 58th Street, and thus is subject to graffiti artists, whose efforts seem to focus on and near the doorways on either side.

This building was built to house the American Fine Arts Society, which Hardenbergh helped found.

Newspaper articles

  • Cotter, Holland. "A School's Colorful Patina." The New York Times. Sept. 9, 2005. p. E27.


  • The south facade, facing West 57th Street.


    The north facade, facing West 58th Street.