825 Fifth Avenue is one of the most attractive residential buildings on Fifth Avenue. This 23-story tower cooperative was erected in 1927. Developer Joseph Paterno chose to build 825 as an apartment-hotel so that he could legally build 23 stories as opposed to the 15 stories restricted for apartment houses. As a result, the units were not allowed to have kitchens, only pantries, and the building had a central dining room. Paterno however let the tenants secretly install kitchens and the pantries were made legal for cooking in 1940.
Designed by J. E. R. Carpenter, the foremost luxury apartment building architect of his day, the building has an ornate rooftop decorated with red tile on the east and west facades and chimneys which has since been a key element on the Central Park skyline. The base of the building is very ornate and the building has windows on all four sides.
There are five apartments per floor, generally smaller units than many other luxury apartment buildings of its era on the avenue, and they have great Midtown and Central Park views. The building's location is ideal and very close to midtown. It has two attended elevators, concierge and maid service, a lovely garden, a lounge, laundry room, storage and a private dining room.