The Cornwall

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The Cornwall
The Cornwall on 255 W 90th St, Manhattan.jpg
The Cornwall as seen from across Broadway. A diner occupies most of the Broadway-facing part of the first floor.
Alternative namesCornwall Apartments
General information
TypeHousing cooperative
Address251-257 West 90th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Coordinates40°47′28.05″N 73°58′29.24″W / 40.7911250°N 73.9747889°W / 40.7911250; -73.9747889
Height135 feet (41 m)
Technical details
Floor count12
Design and construction
Architecture firmNeville & Bagge
DeveloperArlington C. Hall, Harvey M. Hall

The Cornwall, at 255 West 90th Street, is a luxury residential cooperative apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. Located on the northwest corner of Broadway and 90th Street, it was designed by Neville & Bagge and erected in 1909. The developers were Arlington C. Hall and Harvey M. Hall.[2] The twelve-story brick and stone building is noted for its elaborate balcony and window detail, and the "spectacular" design of its "extraordinary" ornate Art Nouveau cornice, which the AIA Guide to New York City called "a terra-cotta diadem."[3][4] In 1991, the building's owner-occupants paid $600,000 to have the cornice and ornamented balconies replaced with terra cotta replicas of the originals.[5]

Notable residents include New York Times "Streetscape" columnist and architectural historian Christopher Gray.[6]


  1. ^ "The Cornwall". Emporis. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ Gray, Christopher. "Streetscapes/Readers' Questions; Row House on W. 86th, Horse Auctioneers on E. 12th". New York Times (April 6, 2003)
  3. ^ Horsley, Carter B. "The Cornwall" City Review
  4. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5. p. 351
  5. ^ "Postings: To Have and to Hold; Balcony Tale" New York Times (February 24, 1991)
  6. ^ Gray, Christopher "Who lived in 11 A". Old House Journal (January/February 1990) p. 52.

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Coordinates: 40°47′28.05″N 73°58′29.24″W / 40.7911250°N 73.9747889°W / 40.7911250; -73.9747889