Dorilton apartment house is located at the northeast corner of 71st and Broadway. At the beginning of the 20th century The Dorilton was bult as a unique hybrid Second French Empire and Beaux-Arts co-op.
In 1899 real estate developer Hamilton M. Weed bought this lot for $275,000. It was a very good investment -the proposed Elevates Line was completed in 1904 and the prices went up.
Completed in 1902 at a cost of $750,000, the building had separate servant and passenger elevators filtered water, separate tenant storerooms and a provision for charging electric automobiles. The amenities included : filtered water, free electricity, soundproof walls and windows, and long-distance telephone service and refrigerators in every apartment. The one- to four-bedroom apartments, four to a floor were renting for $100 to $300 a month. It was really a luxury building at that time, in 1904! With its curvy mansard roof and enormous arched entryway, it caught the eye of architectural critics.
After the World War II the neighborhood declined and so did the Dorilton. The pieces of the cornices and other details started falling off. The building was landmarked in 1974- the Landmarks Preservation Committee described it as evoking “memories of Paris” and ''exceptionally handsome.''
The building was converted into a co-op in 1984 and since 1985 work has been going on to restore it, especially the roof area.
Now the coop is fully renovated and returned to its glory. Now the Dorilton is a true old New York City style, there is a 24-hour doorman, a private roof terrace and courtyard. Almost all apartments at The Dorilton have fireplaces and balconies. There are now 57 units on 13 floors. A six-bedroom unit in the building is currently in contract for $9.2 million.
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