Beresford Doors

The 23-story pre-war Beresford at 211 Central Park West (CPW) was designed by the architect Emery Roth and completed in 1929. It takes its name from the Hotel Beresford, which had occupied the site since 1889. Roth designed The El Dorado, The San Remo, and The Ardsley, also on CPW.

The Beresford’s mass is relieved by horizontal belt courses, staggered setbacks required by the 1916 Zoning Resolution, which provide some apartments with terraces, and Georgian style detailing. The Beresford sits on the corner and has three octagonal copper-capped corner towers. The view east overlooks Central Park; and the southern view is of Theodore Roosevelt Park, with the American Museum of Natural History. The building is U-shape, with a central court. Each floor originally had 2 apartments of a scale that was eliminated in NYC by the stock market crash and the Multiple Dwellings Law.

The co-op apartments can go for $3 million to $22 million. One unit was listed for $62 million. The building’s residents have included comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actress Glenn Close, singer Diana Ross, tennis player John McEnroe, and actor Tony Randall, to name a few.

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Beresford door 4/11/2017
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Berresfoird lamp 4/11/2017
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Beresford side door 4/11/2017

22 thoughts on “Beresford Doors

  1. Otto von Münchow 2017-04-20 / 7:15 pm

    That is quite a massive and impressive doorway. No wonder the prices are fierce. At least you don’t have to pay to photograph. And well done photos, Sherry.

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  2. ianbcross 2017-04-20 / 2:19 pm

    Beresford is my middle name. A long lost relative was the illegitimate child of the Marquis of Waterford (family name Beresford). What a co-incidence, Sherry.


  3. Jean Reinhardt 2017-04-20 / 1:01 pm

    What an entrance, but I really like that iron gated side entrance, too. Impressive list of residents.


  4. J Walters 2017-04-20 / 12:40 pm

    You’ve captured such beautiful detail in these images, not to mention the gorgeous big picture of the door itself.


  5. sustainabilitea 2017-04-20 / 12:30 pm

    Very stately, but I doubt we’ll be moving in any time soon. 🙂



  6. Norm 2.0 2017-04-20 / 12:25 pm

    Nice main door and side gate.
    I’m guessing the reason for the canopy is that rich people don’t like to get wet? 😉
    So many marvelous buildings like this in NYC. Thanks for sharing some of the ones we wouldn’t normally hear much about.


    • Sherry Felix 2017-04-20 / 3:13 pm

      Too true. When I was a Bayard on Saturday I saw a stone covered entry for carriages to stop under in bad weather with a side door to the main house on one side and doors to the carriage house on the other. These awnings must be a hold over. The doorman comes out and greats the callers and residents and opens the car doors.

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  7. joey 2017-04-20 / 9:35 am

    Gorgeous building (and gate.) I second the strangeness of the canopy, but I dig on those light fixtures!

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    • Sherry Felix 2017-04-20 / 11:34 am

      Thanks Joey. No canopy would be best. There are loads of intersting lights in NYC. Be nice to create a collection of them.

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      • joey 2017-04-20 / 6:17 pm

        Oh it would! I’d be surprised if someone isn’t compiling a coffee table books of them as we type.

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  8. Barbara Bryan 2017-04-20 / 7:39 am

    Fun viewing! The little cupid at the side entrance almost seems like a little joke after seeing the richness displayed at the main door. The “canopy” is so out of character with the style of the doorway. Couldn’t the Beresford do better in its design!

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    • Sherry Felix 2017-04-20 / 8:29 am

      It is ornate and in period. I think that because the canopy is plain it doesn’t compete. I would like to see the lobby and the courtyard.


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