Elm Court Coop, Jackson Heights, NY

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.


  • 8 buildings
  • Cooperative  (C6)
  • 9 units per building
  • Community District 403
  • City Council District 25
  • Police Precinct 115
  • Block/lots: 1266/58, 54, 51, 47, 19, 22, 26, 29
  • Date: 1921-22*
  • Stories: 4 with basement
  • Architect: George H. Wells
  • Style: Neo-Georgian
  • Developer: Jackson Heights Apartment Corp.

ELM COURT  34-27-34-49 79th Street and 34-28-34-50 80th Street

34-27 79th Street

34-35 79th Street

34-41 79th Street

34-43-34-49 79th Street 

34-28 80th Street

34-36 80th Street

34-42 80th.Street

34-50 80th Street