A new website on the Paterno family is a valuable resource on the history of buildings and architecture in Manhattan and particularly Bloomingdale.
Dr. Charles Paterno, with his siblings and brothers-in-law, built over 140 apartment buildings in Manhattan in the first half of the 20th Century, with a particular concentration in the Bloomingdale area.
To design them, the Paternos commissioned works from some of the era’s most talented architects, including Gaetan Ajello, Roaario Candela, J. E. R. Carpenter, Schwartz & Gross, and George F. Pelham, Jr.
Over two dozen Paterno buildings still exist between 96th and 110th Streets, mostly along West End Avenue and Riverside Drive. The Paternos were also the developers of Hudson View Gardens, Castle Village, and numerous apartment houses along Fifth and Park Avenues.
Carla Golden, a great-granddaughter of Charles Paterno, began documenting this family legacy as a gift to her daughter Marabella. She has so far catalogued over 140 structures, and her work is continuing. The descriptions of each structure are augmented by photographs and renderings and, in some cases, by documents and newspaper clippings. The archive can be accessed at https://marabella.family/architecture/ .