The Dorilton

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The Dorilton 171 West 71st Street
The Dorilton is located in New York City
The Dorilton
The Dorilton is located in New York
The Dorilton
The Dorilton is located in the United States
The Dorilton
Location171 W. 71st St., New York, New York
Coordinates40°46′41″N 73°58′55″W / 40.77806°N 73.98194°W / 40.77806; -73.98194Coordinates: 40°46′41″N 73°58′55″W / 40.77806°N 73.98194°W / 40.77806; -73.98194
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectJanes & Leo
Architectural styleBeaux Arts
NRHP reference #83001723[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 8, 1983
Designated NYCLSeptember 8, 1983

The Dorilton is a luxury residential housing cooperative in Manhattan, New York City. Construction began in 1900 and was completed by 1902.


The building was designed by Janes & Leo, the New York City-based architectural firm of Elisha Harris Janes and Richard Leopold Leo for real estate developer Hamilton M. Weed. It is located at 171 West 71st Street, at Broadway (Manhattan).

The building is noted for its opulent Beaux-Arts style limestone and brick exterior, featuring monumental sculptures, richly balustraded balconies, and a three-story, copper and slate mansard roof.[2] The exterior masonry, decorative terra-cotta work and chimneys and roof were expertly restored in 1998 by the Walter B. Melvin architectural firm.[3][4]

Architecture historian Andrew Dolkart thinks it may be "the most flamboyant apartment house in New York," with its striking, "French-inspired" sculpted figures and an enormous iron gate "reminiscent of those that guard French palaces."[5]

Architecture historian Francis Morrone regards it as one of the city's great apartment buildings.[6]

The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1974. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ The Dorilton: photos and description
  3. ^ "The Dorilton, 171 West 71st Street ", Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC. Accessed 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ Larry E. Gobrecht (August 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: The Dorilton". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2011-03-25. See also: "Accompanying six photos". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19.
  5. ^ Guide to New York City landmarks, Andrew Dolkart, Matthew A. Postal, John Wiley and Sons, 2004, p. 139.
  6. ^ The architectural guidebook to New York City, Francis Morrone, James Iska, Gibbs Smith, 2002, p. 268.

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