Emery Roth

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Emery Roth
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Gálszécs, Austria-Hungary, (now Sečovce, Slovakia)
DiedAugust 20, 1948 (aged 77)
ResidenceAustria-Hungary, United States
Notable work
Hotel Belleclaire (1903)
Ritz Hotel Tower (1925)
The Eldorado (1929–31)
The San Remo (1930)
The Ardsley (1931)
2 Sutton Place South (1938)
300 East 57th Street (1947)
Spouse(s)Ella Grosman
ChildrenJulian, Richard, Elizabeth, Kathrin

Emery Roth (Hungarian : Róth Imre, 1871 August 20, 1948) was an American architect of Jewish descent who designed many of the definitive New York City hotels and apartment buildings of the 1920s and 1930s, incorporating Beaux-Arts and Art Deco details. His sons continued in the family enterprise, largely expanding the firm under the name Emery Roth & Sons.

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Architect person trained to plan and design buildings, and oversee their construction

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Life and career

This World Columbian Exposition pavilion was designed by the young Roth alone. It housed a temporary shop for the Menier Chocolate Company. Its design is a direct quotation of the ancient Roman Temple of Vesta, a visual trope that would return later in his life to cap some of his most famous skyscrapers. A Chocolate Pavilion -- Official Views Of The World's Columbian Exposition -- 14.jpg
This World Columbian Exposition pavilion was designed by the young Roth alone. It housed a temporary shop for the Menier Chocolate Company. Its design is a direct quotation of the ancient Roman Temple of Vesta, a visual trope that would return later in his life to cap some of his most famous skyscrapers.

Born in Gálszécs, Austria-Hungary (now Sečovce, Slovakia) to a Jewish family, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 13 after his family fell into poverty upon his father's death. He began his architectural apprenticeship as a draftsman in the Chicago offices of Burnham & Root, working on the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. At the Exposition Roth also designed one of his first solo projects; a pavilion that housed a chocolatier. [1] There he met Richard Morris Hunt, who was impressed with his skills and invited Roth to work in his office in New York. Following Hunt's premature death in 1895, Roth moved to the office of Ogden Codman, Jr., a designer and decorator with a Newport clientele. In the interwar years, the firm of Emery Roth delivered some of the most influential examples of architecture for apartment houses in the at-the-time fashionable beaux art-style, especially in Manhattan. [2] In 1938, Roth included his sons Julian and Richard as partners.

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Sečovce Town in Slovakia

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Slovakia Republic in Central Europe

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Buildings designed

The Beresford 211 Central Park West (The Beresford) by David Shankbone.jpg
The Beresford
The Eldorado The Eldorado Apartments.jpg
The Eldorado
The Saxony1899-1900250 West 82nd Street
Hotel Belleclaire1903250 West 77th Street (aka 1271-1277 Broadway)
The Adath Jeshurun of Jassy synagogue190358 Rivington Street
Whitestone190945 Tiemann PlaceBuilder Charter Construction Co.
601 West End Avenue1915601 West End Avenue
The First Hungarian Reformed Church 1915346 East 69th Street
1000 Park Avenue [3] 1916 Park Avenue and East 84th Street
151 East 80th Street1922151 East 80th Street
The Whitby 1924325 West 45th Street
The Gilford 1924140 East 46th Street
110 West 86th Street1924110 West 86th Street
Chester Court [4] [5] 1924201 West 89th Street
243 West End Avenue1925243 West End Avenue (Manhattan)
Mayflower Hotel1925 15 Central Park West demolished in 2004
221 West 82nd Street1925221 West 82nd Street
930 Fifth Avenue 1925930 Fifth Avenue
Ritz Hotel Tower1925109 East 57th Street With Carrère and Hastings. New York's first residential skyscraper introduced terraces at the setback levels.
41 West 96th Street192641 West 96th Street
65 Central Park West192665 Central Park West; Lincoln Square
The Alden1927225 Central Park West; Upper West Side
The Oliver Cromwell192712 West 72nd Street
Warwick Hotel 192765 West 54th Street
Hotel Benjamin1927125 East 50th Street
Hotel Carteret1927208 West 23rd Street
Manchester House1928145 West 79th Street
The Eldorado 1929–1931300 Central Park West / Central Park West Historic District
The Beresford 1929211 Central Park West
15 West 81st Street192915 West 81st Street
300 West 23rd Street1929300 West 23rd Street
35 Prospect Park West1929 Prospect Park; Brooklyn
Hotel St. George 1930100 Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights
Hotel St. Moritz 193050 Central Park South
993 Fifth Avenue1930993 Fifth Avenue
784 Park Avenue1930784 Park Avenue
The San Remo 1930145 and 146 Central Park West The first of the twin-towered residential skyscrapers.
The Ardsley1931320 Central Park West Roth's outstanding Art Deco residential skyscraper.
275 Central Park West1930–1931275 Central Park West
299 West 12th Street 1931 299 West 12th Street
140 East 28th Street1932140 East 28th Street
888 Grand Concourse1937888 Grand Concourse
880 Fifth Avenue 1948880 Fifth Avenue 1938

2 Sutton Place South

41 West 96th Street192541 West 96th Street
310 West End Avenue1927310 West End Avenue
The Normandy 1938140 Riverside Drive Last of the twin-towered residences, and Roth's choice for his retirement apartment.
Shenandoah Apartments192910 Sheridan Square

Emery Roth & Sons

Despite the fact that Roth's sons, Julian and Richard, had joined the firm many years earlier, it was not until 1947 that the firm's name was changed to Emery Roth & Sons, approximately one year before Roth's death. [6] Julian (1901–1992) specialized in construction costs and building materials and technology, while Richard (1904–1987) was named the firm's principal architect. In the 1950s and 1960s Emery Roth & Sons became the most influential architectural firm in New York and contributed substantially in changing the appearance of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. In that particular period of time Emery Roth & Sons designed dozens of speculative office buildings, mostly with curtain wall facades, which soon became a ubiquitous feature of the city. [7] Beginning in the mid-1960s, the firm was also hired as associate architects in large-scale projects like the Pan Am Building (1963), the World Trade Center (1966–1973) and the Citicorp Center (1977). In the early 1960s, Richard Roth's son, Richard Roth, Jr. (b. 1933) became the third generation to join the firm, eventually rising to chief architect CEO and shareholder. As the firm expanded and diversified over six decades, it remained a family business through the 1990s. In 1988 Richard Roth Jr's daughter Robyn Roth-Moise joined the firm as comptroller. Richard Roth Jr's son Richard Lee Roth joined the firm in 1982 and became the chief specification writer for Emery Roth & Sons. Both retired from the firm when Richard Roth Jr retired and was replaced as the company's CEO in 1993 by Robert Sobel, Roth's cousin. [8] But only three years later, in 1996, the firm ceased to operate, apparently because of financial distress. [9] Emery's great-grandson Richard Lee Roth currently works in the architectural profession and resides in South Florida.

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The extensive architectural records and papers of both Emery Roth and Emery Roth & Sons are now held in the Department of Drawings & Archives at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.

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Work by Emery Roth & Sons

The Look Building (1949). Look-building.jpg
The Look Building (1949).
The Bronx High School of Science (1959). BronxScience.jpg
The Bronx High School of Science (1959).
The MetLife Building (1963). MetLife Building by David Shankbone.jpg
The MetLife Building (1963).
The General Motors Building (1968). Sherry Netherland Hotel jeh.JPG
The General Motors Building (1968).
The Uris Building (1970), now known as Paramount Plaza. Paramount-plaza.jpg
The Uris Building (1970), now known as Paramount Plaza.
Citigroup Center (1977) Citigroup center.jpg
Citigroup Center (1977)
7 World Trade Center (1987 - 2001) Wtc7 from wtc observation deck.jpg
7 World Trade Center (1987 - 2001)
300 East 57th Street

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