New York, NY, August 06, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The Trust for Architectural Easements is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit organizations dedicated to voluntary preservation through easement donations. The Trust recently provided a private garden tour of one of New York City's grand old palatial apartment building courtyards.
The 13-story limestone and terra cotta building – the largest elevator apartment building in the world upon its completion in 1908 – was designed to attract affluent tenants to the Upper West Side, and featured spacious living quarters, a host of modern amenities, as well as “the largest private open air garden in the world” – a 22,000 square foot courtyard, complete with flower beds, pear trees, and an impressive Italian marble fountain at its center.
Designed by architect H. Hobart Weekes to provide residents with pleasant, tranquil views and a sense of privacy, The Belnord’s courtyard was functional as well as beautiful, encircled by a driveway loop linked to the street by barrel-vaulted passageways painted with neoclassical frescos.
The Trust for Architectural Easements provides self-guided tours of the Belnord courtyard every year. For more information, please contact the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org.