37 W 12th Street
Butterfield Houses is a cooperative apartment complex rising 7 stories. Built in 1962 it was praised as a model for modern building in the city, winning a certificate by the Municipal Arts Society and making The New York Times’ 1979 list of the Top 10 Postwar Apartment Buildings. Despite its modern design many argue the building fits well with the surrounding neighborhood.
Outside the building’s use of glass and texture allows for transparency while creating patterns akin to 19th Century row houses. Inside the building has 2 wings connected by a glass passageway leading residents through a landscaped yard.
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