June 6, 2016

Building Spotlight: PROSPECT TOWER, No. 45

First in a a series of posts spotlighting specific Tudor City buildings. We begin with Prospect Tower, known within the French Company as the First Unit.
45 Tudor City Place

- Opened September 30, 1927, first building completed in Tudor City. Faced with brick, trimmed with sandstone and terra cotta.
- Said to be one of the first three skyscrapers in the world built for residential use.
- 22 floors, 403 apartments, 2 penthouses. Most apartments are studios and one bedrooms.
- Home to restaurant and grocery spaces that have remained restaurant and grocery spaces for 89 years. 
- Opened as an apartment hotel (efficiency apartments offering hotel amenities like room service from the on-premises restaurant, and maid and laundry services, for an additional fee. All resident calls came through a central switchboard).

At left, the pointed-arch plaque at the entrance reads

PROSPECT TOWER
Designed and Constructed by
The FRED F. FRENCH Company
Anno Domini One Thousand
Nine Hundred Twenty Seven


Prospect Tower is best known for its two spectacular rooftops:

:The North Roof, popular with residents and film crews

The South Roof, home to the beloved Tudor City Sign

We conclude this survey of the First Unit with two images from a 1930 brochure:

Street view, around 1929.  Tudor City Sign yet to be installed

Floor plan, 1929.  Dotted lines represent Murphy beds.

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