Any treatise on New York City pre-war architecture that's worth its sauce can't stand on its own without mentioning the great Rosario Candela. Born in Palermo, Italy in 1890, Candela moved to New York as a young man, enrolled in Columbia University's School of Architecture, and graduated in 1915.
From there, he would go on to design several of New York City's most beautiful and iconic residential buildings. Known for a style that emphasized sweeping and epic terraces wrapped around penthouses of a grand, yet still inviting scale, Candela's most productive years were those from 1920 through 1935. During those fifteen years, Candela was commissioned to design over one hundred buildings, most of which were completed within the same decade and a half.
While most of Candela's buildings are located on the Upper West Side, primarily, along the northern portions of West End Avenue and Riverside Drive, Candela also designed a number of buildings situated along Fifth Avenue, in Sutton Place, and also along Central Park West ––– including 360 Central Park West (between west 95th street and west 96th street and pictured above).
If you're curious about Candela's interiors, feel free to take peak at available apartments in a few of his buildings, including, but of course not limited to: