The building was designed by Janes & Leo, the New York City-based architectural firm of Elisha Harris Janes and Richard Leopold Leo for real estate developer Hamilton M. Weed. It is located at 171 West 71st Street, atBroadway (Manhattan).The building is noted for its opulent Beaux-Arts style limestone and brick exterior, featuring monumental sculptures, richly balustraded balconies, and a three-story, copper and slate mansard roof.The exterior masonry, decorative terra-cotta work and chimneys and roof were expertly restored in 1998 by the Walter B. Melvin architectural firm.
Architecture historian Andrew Dolkart thinks it may be “the most flamboyant apartment house in New York,” with its striking, “French-inspired” sculpted figures and an enormous iron gate “reminiscent of those that guard French palaces.”Architecture historian Francis Morrone regards it as one of the city’s great apartment buildings.The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1974. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The pre-war, 12-story Dorilton at 171 West 71st Street is located in the Upper West Side at the northeast corner of Broadway. The Dorilton’s gated side street entrance is considered to be among the grandest in New York. It became an official city landmark in the 1970s and it transitioned from rental units to apartments in 1984.Millions of dollars of careful restoration in the years since have brought its elaborate façade and rich interior spaces back to their original Edwardian splendor. Intricate wood molding, wainscoting and marble mantles can still be found in many apartments. Modern kitchens and bathrooms add to the Dorilton’s mix of both pre-war and contemporary finishes.