Its white bricks set it apart from the neighboring row of townhouses and the nearby UN Mission to Malta. It has a courtyard. It has a roof deck. The Morgan Library is a few blocks away. There’s no need to embellish; the Townsley simply has everything.
Robert Bien joined the practice of his father, renowned architect Sylvan Bien, after graduating from Cornell’s architectural program in 1950. A contemporary of H.I. Feldman and Horace Ginsbern, Robert continued his father’s aesthetic legacy by blending a sense of contemporary comfort with classic elegance and an affinity for brick exteriors.