Peter Stuyvesant Building 258 Riverside Drive New York was erected in 1926 and converted to a cooperative in 1970, this attractive, 15-story building at 285 Riverside Drive on the southeast corner at 101st Street has 86apartments.
It was designed by Rosario Candela for Charles Paterno, the team also responsible for the very similar buildling at 280 Riverside Drive.
Rosario Candela (March 7, 1890 – October 3, 1953) was a Sicilian American architect who achieved renown through his apartment building designs in New York City, primarily during the boom years of the 1920s. He is credited with defining the city’s characteristic terraced setbacks and signature penthouses. Over time, Candela’s buildings have become some of New York’s most coveted addresses. As architectural historian Cristopher Gray has written: “Rosario Candela has replaced Stanford White as the real estate brokers’ name-drop of choice. Nowadays, to own a 10- to 20-room apartment in a Candela-designed building is to accede to architectural as well as social cynosure.”Born in Montelepre, Sicily in 1890, Candela immigrated to New York in 1906. He returned to Sicily after his arrival to study there and returned to the US in 1909. His father was Michele Candela, aplasterer, and his mother was Josephine Pizzurro. He gained admission to the Columbia University School of Architecture and graduated in 1915.Keenly aware of his talent, he went so far as to erect a velvet rope around his drafting table to prevent other students from copying his designs.