Rodin Studios

Living Spaces Tailor-Made for Artists / New York Times

ITS intricate facade is now hidden under scaffolds and netting, but the Rodin Studios at 200 West 57th Street, at the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue, still holds its own with its neighbors Carnegie Hall and the Osborne apartments.

Built as a particularly elegant residence and professional building for designers and artists, its giant studios are long gone, but even obscured, the building's French Gothic detailing is still noteworthy.

At Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, the early apartment houses on Seventh — the most famous being the Alwyn Court at 58th Street — meet the art-related buildings on 57th, like the Art Students League at 215 West 57th.

In his 1916 design for the Rodin project, Cass Gilbert mixed the two strands to produce one of the most elegant studio and apartment buildings in New York, a shimmering cascade of French Gothic ornament running down the 57th Street facade like a sheet of water.

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