The Hendrik Hudson Apartments

This building, along with its twin adjoining it along Broadway, is one of the sadder architectural cases of the neighborhood, having had its splendid roofline mauled over the years. Only fragments of what you see below (picture taken shortly after it was built in 1907 according to a design by Rouse & Sloane) are still there. In the absence of historic district protection, owners often find it cheaper to lop off decorations rather than fix them as they age. Only one loggia-style tower remains, and that has lost its roof. The Broadway building, at far right, has lost all its overhanging roofs.

Despite its Dutch name, the style is a sort of scaled-up Tuscan Italian villa. This was a very luxurious building when built, and had an on-site billiard roof, cafe, and barber shop. In its darkest days as a fleabag hotel in the 60's, a small child was famously crushed to death in an elevator in this building, sparking a public outcry that led to the building's eventual renaissance. If only that gorgeous roof could similarly come back!