The Orleans

via - Beaux Arts condo conversion in UWS enters the market.
Built around 1900 on the corner of West 80th Street and Columbus Avenue, the structure is “the second oldest tall building on the Upper West Side,” according to the official site. The brick, stone and limestone building first opened as a hotel; by the 1950s, it was a mix of 77 rental apartments and 43 hotel rooms. Owners David Sterling and Nora Lavori, a long-divorced couple who purchased the place in the early 1980s, have renovated the apartments multiple times.
I noticed this photo in a real estate blog. The building has such wonderful stonework I had to see more of it. I found the whole corner and across the street are all buildings with this kind of stonework. I found them through Google Street View and took screen shots. It would be nice to see more places like this. Maybe I will get down to Toronto again before Spring this year. One side of the building was sunny but mostly covered by trees on Google Street View. orleanssunnyside I could see more on the other side, around the corner. orleans orleans1 orleans2 orleans3 Here is some detail as close as I could get. Too bad it isn't clearer. orleansdetail orleansdetail2 This building was beside the Orleans. orleanssidebldg orleanssidebldg2 orleanssidebldg3 orleanssidebldg4 The other building I looked at was across the street. orleansacross orleansacross1 orleansacross2 I can imagine going to Paris, some of those old European cities and seeing the very old and detailed stonework. The best I can do at the moment is look at photos other people have taken, vintage postcards and see what I can find with Google Street View. But, there are good places to see right here. Just not as much history and here in rural Ontario they didn't make a lot of skyscrapers a hundred years ago.