The “Wrong” Side:

Grand Living on-and-around Riverside Drive

Join Royal Oak on a memorable walking tour of the Upper West Side, focusing on Riverside Drive and several notable historic districts. Led by architectural historian Matt Postal, we’ll view some of the area’s most beautiful residences, including limestone mansions, intricately detailed townhouses and impressive apartment buildings, as well as learn about lost landmarks like the Charles M. Schwab House, built on the “wrong” side of Central Park.

Starting at Broadway, we’ll stroll west toward the Hudson River, viewing varied clusters of Italian and French Renaissance style designs, as well as large private residences designed by noted architects like C. P. H. Gilbert, Lamb & Rich, and Clarence True. Stops include the former homes of notable New Yorkers such as George & Ira Gershwin, Marc Chagall, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Miles Davis, as well as a monument to Eleanor Roosevelt by Penelope Jencks in Riverside Park. We’ll end in the vicinity of Broadway, where we’ll admire renowned high-rise structures like the Belleclaire Hotel, a rare example of the Art Nouveau style in New York City by Emery Roth, as well as the Astor estate’s monumental Apthorp Apartments, occupying an entire city block.

Tour will be held rain or shine.

The Belleclaire, circa 1910

The Belleclaire, circa 1910


Riverside Drive, New York City, c. 1916


Friday, October 18 | 2:00 p.m. – approx. 4:00 p.m.


The northwest corner of Verdi Square
(where Broadway meets 73rd Street)


$45 members; $55 member’s guests

Riverside Drive, New York City, c. 1916