Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Chateau, Jackson Heights, Queens, New York

Jackson Heights holds a unique place in 20th century urban planning. Edward MacDougal's Queensboro Corporation, inspired by the English "Garden City" movement, developed the first planned apartment community, including the spectacular 5-story Chateau apartments, designed by Andrew Thomas in 1923. Located on 80th to 81st Streets between 34th and 35th Avenues, the slate mansard roofs and carved limestone entryways are reminiscent of France. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group opens the gardens to the public once a year in June. Top photo is very interesting apartment complex between 90th and 91st Sts and 34th and 35th Aves., showing 5th floor walkways between buildings that had elevator service only to 1st and 5th floors. Tenants would take elevator to 5th floor and walk down to their apartment level. The skyways allowed half the buildings to be elevator free.

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