5. Eldorado Apartments
Eldorado, that mythical city of eternal opulence, may be lost to all but only the most intrepid explorers, but the New York apartment building that bears its name is available to anyone who can swing its price tag. Located on the edge of Central Park, at 300 Central Park West, overlooking the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Eldorado was constructed in 1929-31, with designs by Margon & Holder.
Its design was futuristic for its time, with its bold parallel towers each culminating in sharp spires that overlook the reservoir. It almost resembles an electric plug, reaching out of the trees, seeming ready to puncture the clouds. Its yellow cast stone and yellow terra-cotta facade evokes the city that inspired its name. Its three entryways are bordered by bronze frames and birds among gardens of Art Deco ornamentation. And its twin cupolas and spire are Art Deco to their core – scaled firsthand by our team.