The Eldorado

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The Eldorado at 300 Central Park West, on the Upper West Side of New York City, is the northernmost of four twin-towered luxury housing cooperatives that face the west side of Central Park. The art deco style"The El Dorado marked a distinct stylistic shift in Roth's work toward a less plastic modeling of the mass and toward a Modernist sense of detail as applied to an essentially Classical composition," (Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins, New York 1930 Architecture and Urbanism Between The Two World Wars , quoted by .. apartment building fills the complete blockfront extending between West 90th and West 91st Streets and overlooks the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park.

The Eldorado is located within the Upper West Side-Central Park West Historic District designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and is a contributing property to the Federally-designated Central Park West Historic District.

History

The name is an inheritance from the former El Dorado, an undistinguished eight-story apartment block of 1902 that formerly occupied the full block-front site.

The stock market crash that followed the beginning of construction eventually overwhelmed its financing and by 1931 the building was in foreclosure and the builder, Louis Klosk, a Bronx-based developer, lost...
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