Bathed in sunlight, even on a dark and dreary day, that’s the illusion created by the color graded brick work of 55 Central Park West. Color was a tool increasingly used in the new modern designs of the 1920’s and the rich shades of purple brick which gradually change over to yellow-white give this building’s façade this unique distinction. This era brought the Art Deco movement and architects were already beginning to adopt the style in the design of office buildings, but several were also embracing it in their residential buildings as well. Schwartz and Gross filed their plans for 55 Central Park West in 1929. They were already working on another Art Deco beauty on the Avenue, located at 336 CPW and 93rd Street. In the coming years, Central Park West would become a display case for the movement. The IND subway line, which would soon open on Central Park West would help to bring a new surge of construction to the neighborhood.
Standing 19 stories high with bold fluted decorative features and multiple upper floor setbacks, apartment sizes range from three to nine rooms, all containing the innovation of a sunken living room. 55 Central Park West was included in the Central Park West Historic District in 1990. It earned the nickname of “The Ghostbusters Building” after the exteriors were used in the filming of movie in 1984.