In 1935 a new apartment house opened on 91 Payson Avenue in the Inwood section of Manhattan.
The stunning apartment building, named “Payson House,” cost $250,000 to erect.
Today, the co-op building, across the street from Inwood Hill Park, is one of the finest examples of art deco design in northern Manhattan.
Stepping into the lobby of the six-story brick building, designed by George G. Miller, is like entering a jewel box.
The curved pink walls, ornately inlaid floors, polished steel doors and aquatic details are reminiscent of tropical ocean liners. Whimsical fish that decorate a light fixture, designed to look like a ship’s portal, complete the motif.
While 91 Payson Avenue does not have landmark status, the newly restored lobby serves as an inspiration for deco enthusiasts awestruck by this homage to a jazzier age.
Located blocks from the subway, shopping and a weekly farmers’ market, 91 Payson represents the best of what Inwood can offer.
Fun Fact: In the late 1930’s handwriting expert Arthur Holz, an Austrian refugee, lived in 91 Payson. Holz, the leading graphologist of his day, profiled the writings of celebrities including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Arturo Toscanini and Neville Chamberlain.
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