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Building: The Osborne

205 West 57th Street, New York, NY, 10019
109 units15 storiesBuilt in 1900

Building Description

The Osborne, built between 1883 and 1885 and expanded in 1906, was the brainchild of the stone contractor Thomas Osborne and is a New York City landmark and has housed greats like Leonard Bernstein and Bobby Short. It was designed by James Ware with wealthy New Yorkers in mind and serves as a kind of Dakota across the street from Carnegie Hall. Each floor had four large apartments richly detailed with touches such as parquet floors, rare wood and plaster mouldings and tiled fireplaces. While some of the original apartments remain intact, about half have been broken up into smaller units.

The lobby serves as a testament to late-19th-century extravagance. The floors are a mix of small mosaic tiles and slabs of varicolored Italian marble. Complementary marble was used for the wainscoting and carved marble recesses with benches. Dancing nudes and intricately decorated archways take the eye to a ceiling done in rich hues of red, blue and gold leaf. Stepping inside one is instantly thrust back a hundred years in time and maybe even further. Andrew Lloyd Webber eat your heart out …

There is a 3% flip tax.

Description provided by Ricky Nelson and Jeffrey Rowe

Building Amenities

  • Doorman
  • Elevator
  • Live-in Super

Building Facts

Facts 109 units15 storiesBuilt in 1900
Building Class D4
District Community District 105City Council District 4Police Precinct 18
Floorplans 44 floorplans available
Documents and Permits 81 documents and permits
Discussions 1 discussion
Sales Listings 1 active sale ($1,500,000 avg price)
82 previous sales ($1,135 per ft² avg, $1,875,121 avg price)
4 previous rentals ($3,462 avg price)

Sales - 1 active

4 rooms, 2 beds
1 bath, 1 half bath


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