Located a block from Central Park, 762 Madison Avenue is an exclusive, distinctively elegant five-story brownstone in the Upper East Side’s premier shopping district. Its neighbors include luxury brand retailers such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Oscar de la Renta. The building’s prestigious tenant base includes the fashion icon Giorgio Armani and the brand-new flagship store for the renowned Italian shoe designer Santoni. Along with these impressive labels, the property’s tenants also include the exclusive hair and skincare salons, Varin Salon, Vicki Morav, and Eliut Salon.
Converted from a brownstone development for the builder Charles Cornish, it was completed in 1876. 762 Madison preserves historic details of the building’s classic Italianate style, including the distinctive window enframements and a galvanized iron cornice with Neo-Grec detailing. Part of the first wave of urban development in the Upper East Side that came with the creation of railroad services from Midtown, 762 Madison typifies the solid and prosperous architecture of new rowhouses erected for the city’s growing upper middle class.
As the wealthy began to construct vast houses on Fifth Avenue fronting Central Park, Madison Avenue gradually took on the aspects of a shopping district aimed at a boutique clientele. In place of the great department stores further south, the original Madison Avenue brownstones were converted into intimate shops and offices that preserved the overall residential scale and character of the area. 762 Madison was converted for commercial use in 1915 and has been providing tenants and clients alike with the elite atmosphere expected of this unique commercial corridor.