Elm Court

Elm Court, built in 1921-22 and designed by George H. Wells, is one of the characteristic garden apartment projects in Jackson Heights. The through-the-block complex consists of eight four-story-and-basement buildings, arranged with four contiguous buildings on each blockfront, situated back-to-back across a wide common garden.

Elm Court, like almost all of Wells’s garden apartment complexes, is neo-Georgian in style. The brick facades are laid in Flemish bond and have stone trim. Neo-Georgian elements include classically-inspired brick and stone entrance porticoes crowned by balustrades; brick banding at the basement and brick quoins at the slightly projecting central section of each facade; bandcourses, sills, and splayed lintels with keystones, all of stone; arched window openings at the top level of each central stairhall bay; and modillioned cornices with roofline balustrades. The projecting entrances — a hallmark of Wells’s work — have short stoops.

The wood-and-glass entrance doors are set into openings with elliptical fanlights and sidelights, both of leaded glass. All of the original entrances survive, as do the original six-over-one double-hung wood sash windows.


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