The Langham resembles a prototypical Parisian apartment building in design, and illustrates the influence of French urban culture on 19th and early 20th century New York.
This building was meant to house the wealthy and apartments were originally limited to four per floor.
Apartments are arranged around individual light courts which provide access to light and air, but allow for a more economical use of space.
Shared amenities included a sophisticated direct mail delivery system, a central refrigeration plant that eliminated the need for iceboxes, and built-in vacuum cleaning connections to facilitate domestic maintenance.
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