Alpern, Andrew. New York's fabulous luxury apartments: with original floor plans from the Dakota, River House, Olympic Tower, and other great buildings. New York: Dover Publications, 1987, c1975.
Exterior views and sample floor plans as well brief historical synopsis, each with architect, builder, date built, and when applicable, date razed.
Avery Reserves and Reference AA7860 AL741
Apartment houses of the metropolis. New York: G.C. Hesselgren Pub. Co., 1908.
Digitized version available at
Avery Classics AA7860 Ap12 F
"Classic 6:" New York City Apartment Building Living, 1880s-1910s
More than 1,300 digital images depict elevation views and floor plans for middle and upper class apartment buildings from New York City's pre World War I residential building boom.
Cromley, Elizabeth C. Alone together: a history of New York's early apartment buildings. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.
Illustrated with images of many of the noteworthy apartment buildings and accompanying floor plans.
Avery Reserves AA7860 C88 (copies available in multiple locations)
New York Real Estate Brochure Collection
Digitized collection from Avery Library of over 9,200 advertising brochures, floor plans, price lists, and related material that document residential and commercial real estate development in the five boroughs of New York and outlying vicinities from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Norton, Thomas E. Living it up: a guide to the named apartment buildings of New York. New York: Atheneum, 1984.
Small floor plans are included for some structures.
Avery Reference AA7860 N82
Plunz, Richard. A History of Housing in New York City: Dwelling Type and Social Change in the American Metropolis. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.
Avery Reserves and Reference AA7544 N48 P743 (copies available in multiple locations)
Select register of apartment house plans for Manhattan. New York: REDI, 1985-
Real estate directory including floor plans and data such as architect and building date. Updated annually.
Avery AA7860 Se48
Sexton, R. W. American apartment houses of today: illustrating plans, details, exteriors and interiors of modern city and suburban apartment houses throughout the United States. New York: Architectural Book Pub. Co., 1926.
Emphasis on Manhattan and the boroughs. Provides a photograph and floor plan for each building.
Avery Reserves AA7860 Se9 F
World's loose leaf album of apartment houses: containing views and ground plans of the principal high class apartment houses in New York City, together with a map showing the situation of these houses, transportation facilities, etc. N.Y. World, 1910
Plans, views, and descriptions of early apartment buildings. Digitized version available at
Avery microfilm F d4183