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    Default Rate Our New Developments - Completed 1999

    Thought it might be a hassle creating a new thread for every project, so thought it'd be better to group them by completion year. I'll try to do at least one a day, so this will go on for quite some time.

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      Personal experiences, more info/photos etc are appreciated. You can revise your rating at any time (post a new reply, rather than edit) and you can rate any project at any point in the thread.

      Keep in mind the total score is out of 10 and basically:

      2.5 - BELOW AVERAGE
      5.0 - AVERAGE
      7.5 - ABOVE AVERAGE

      So don't be afraid to give 3's 4's and 5's since we have plenty of projects that deserve 'em. I'll post a link to each project in the thread here and their current scores.

    Rate Our New Developments - Completed 1999

    3.83 / 10
    Republic of Korea Permanent Mission to the United Nations -
    335-341 West 45th Street
    11 stories 161 feet
    Commercial Office
    79,658 Sq.Ft.

    7.0 / 10
    515 Park Avenue
    511-515 Park Avenue / 100-104 East 60th Street
    42 stories 531 feet
    Residential Condominium
    181,268 SF, 40 Units

    145 East 76th Street
    145-147 East 76th Street / 1079-1089 Lexington Avenue
    14 stories 170 feet
    Residential Condominium
    77,651 SF 22 Units
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    Republic of Korea Permanent Mission to the United Nations


    Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P.
    Korean Mission

    Designed for the Republic of Korea's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, this 13-story building is in close proximity to the UN complex. The first floor is flat slab construction, with higher floors of slab over steel deck acting compositely with steel beams. A central element of this structure is an atrium bringing light to the interior of the project and extending over a reception area and monumental stair. Key features include a conference room, outdoor garden and a two-story lobby surrounded by exhibition spaces. In addition to a parking cellar, other building amenities reference traditional Korean design.

    Schiller - PCFP

    New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millennium
    Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman, Jacob Tilove

    In 1999, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, 335 East Forty-fifth Street, between First and Second Avenues, was completed, an eleven-story building whose facade was composed of a seven-bay-wide, five-story grid of square windows topped by an asymmetrical grouping of rectangular and square windows, a recessed terrace, and a glass diamond at the top that served as a skylight for a conference room. Despite the meticulous detailing and the syncopated window pattern, the overall effect was flat and lifeless.


    DOB NB Permit
    335 East 45th Street

    Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations

    Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
    About the Permanent Mission

    Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP
    Republic of Korea Permanent Mission to the United Nations

    Real Estate Weekly, April 21, 1993
    Korean government buys building
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    Overall Exterior Design:....4.5/7.0
    Public Benefit:................0.5/2.0

    Total Score = 5.5

    The last article mentions that the previous building at the site was the headquarters of The American Institute of Physics. No idea what it looked like though.
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    Derek- thanks, this thread is going to be great, I'm looking forward to future entries.

    This project looks way better on the inside than on the outside. It's bizarro Kaufman almost. Too bad the mission is permanent.

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    Can we export Pei Cobb Freed & Partners to Korea instead?

    Overall Exterior Design:....2.0/7.0
    Public Benefit:................0.5/2.0

    Total Score: 3.0

    (By the way, they better not have knocked down anything nice for this heap.)

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    It seems the building that was here before was nothing special. An image at NYPL Digital Library (the left picture of the two) shows East 45th Street running west from First Avenue circa 1929; seems 335 E 45 is the 4-story whitish building at center. That fits the description in this 1992 NY Times article:

    POSTINGS: Physicists Leaving; Moving Down to Maryland

    The American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society plan to move their headquarters next year from 335 East 45th Street, in Manhattan, to a 24-acre site in a mixed-use development called Riverside at College Park Metro, in Prince George's County, Md. ...

    ... The Julien J. Studley brokerage will represent the institute in selling its four-story building on 45th Street.
    My Rating:

    Ext. Design: ..... 1.5
    Public Benefit: .. 1.0
    Int. Design: ...... 0.5
    Total: .............. 3.0

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    515 Park Avenue

    Frank Williams & Associates

    Frank Williams & Associates

    Jon Seagull

    The New York Times
    A Haven for the Super-Rich With Room for the Servants

    Published: April 25, 1998

    In a city of gargantuan ambition, where the Wall Street boom and soaring corporate profits have bestowed fabulous riches on a few, it was perhaps only a matter of time until someone came up with 515 Park Avenue.

    Discreetly, the new residential condominium to rise next year on the East Side will have no name: nothing like the Majestic, the Beresford or the Dakota. Just 515 Park (at 60th Street). But there will be room to spread out in apartments like the 6,100-square-foot, five-bedroom duplex on the 15th and 16th floors. That one will go for $12 million. Unfortunately, it has no view. Sorry.

    For a little less, you could buy the 42d and 43d floor top-of-the-building duplex with a 360-degree view of Manhattan, or the 21st floor, a four-bedroom layout with a clear view of Central Park. Unfortunately, there is less space higher up: only 3,000 to 5,000 square feet. Everything is a trade-off.

    But think of 30-foot living rooms, 22-foot bedrooms, libraries and billiard rooms, and your marble master bath. Need even more space? Who doesn't in New York? You could combine two apartments, the management says, and have two whole floors -- for double the price, of course.

    Have a large household staff? Not to worry. There are servants' quarters in most of the apartments, and 10 suites on the second floor designed just for the help. Each of those will have 500 to 600 square feet, with full kitchens and baths. You could get one for $300,000 or $400,000, the management says.

    Down in the basement, you will be able to stash your fine vintages in one of the 15 climate-controlled private wine cellars, or acquire one of 38 storage rooms for those extra French Empire chairs and gilt mirrors. A 99-year lease may be had on either for a mere $20,000 or $25,000.

    And don't forget those little extras: a private gymnasium, professional laundry rooms and a caterer's kitchen, where meals may be prepared for you and your guests, who are bound to be impressed by your 1,500-square-foot wraparound terrace, if you are lucky enough to get one, or the chandeliered lobbies -- the Grand Salon, with concierges and plush couches for those brief interludes, and the Library, a book-lined cavern in elegant African mahogany.

    All this -- the grand scale and the lavish opulence designed to push the upper limits of the real estate market -- is meant to fulfill the fantasies and affectations of the underserved super-rich.

    ''We are reacting to buyer demand for larger, full-floor apartments -- it is an underserved segment in a very, very strong market,'' said the building's developer, William Lie Zeckendorf. He and his brother, Arthur, are behind the $100 million project in partnership with the Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund, managed by Goldman Sachs & Company.

    The partners already own the site, the southeast corner of Park and 60th, formerly occupied by a 12-story building erected as an apartment house in 1912 and converted to offices in 1958. It was bought by Zeckendorf Realty for about $38 million in 1989. The
    Whitehall Fund bought in last year for about $20 million.

    And there appear to be no zoning or landmark problems. The site is one block outside the jagged southern boundary of the Upper East Side Historic District, where development is subject to review by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission. Current zoning would permit 32 stories on the site, but air rights bought from nearby buildings will allow 11 more stories, the developers said.

    Clad in French limestone and beige brick, with deep-set rectangular windows, 10-foot ceilings, fireplaces, terraces on the 15th, 33th and 43d floors, with only one apartment on most floors and no tacky ground-floor retail businesses, the building is intended to recall the classic apartment buildings on Park Avenue in the 1920's: a new building made to look like a gracious old dowager.

    ''Architecturally, we are trying to complement Park Avenue so the project doesn't stand out like a new building, but one that evolved over time,'' the architect, Frank Williams, said.

    A similar idea, exploiting nostalgia for an age of sumptuous living that existed mostly in the escapist movies of the Great Depression, is planned for the St. Moritz Hotel on Central Park South, a 1929 limestone and brick building that is to be stripped down to steel girders and rebuilt -- as a 1929 limestone and brick building.

    The research for 515 Park was, frankly, a bit copycat. ''We toured what we thought were the six great old prewar buildings in Manhattan and took the best features of each and incorporated them into the new building,'' said Arthur Zeckendorf. ''And we have the location to support it,'' he added, referring to Ground Zero at 60th and Park.

    Scheduled for completion in December next year, No. 515 would be the first new residential tower on Park Avenue in nearly 20 years.

    The plan calls for 40 apartments -- most occupying whole floors or two floors, but 14 that will be two on a floor -- ranging in size from 2,068 to 6,108 square feet and in price from $2 million to $12 million.

    That would put the average price at $1,500 per square foot -- almost one-third more than the cost of many luxury condominium and cooperative apartments now selling in New York. Monthly common charges, including real estate taxes, would range from $3,900 to $11,643.

    Sales are scheduled to start in June, and the partners are betting that the prices will rise, even before completion of the building. ''The market has a way to go,'' William Zeckendorf said, ''and we will adjust prices upward at the project.''

    Other real estate experts agree. In terms of price, the developers ''are pushing the envelope -- the market is not there yet,'' said Diane M. Ramirez, executive director of sales at the Halstead Property Company. The company's reports, she said, suggest that luxury condos and co-ops with 2,000 square feet or more are selling for an average of $1,100 per square foot.

    But No. 515 will also push another envelope, Ms. Ramirez said. ''It is providing a product that just is not available,'' she said of a building whose wine cellars, vast living spaces, servants quarters and other amenities have not been offered in new residences in New York City in many decades.

    The typical occupant envisioned by the developers might be a Wall Street or corporate magnate, an entertainment or media celebrity, or just someone with residences in several countries who wants a New York pied-a-terre. Most would probably be people who like to entertain lavishly.

    The cheapest apartments ($2 million) will have two bedrooms with a library and 2,068 square feet, and a neighbor, on the third to ninth floors. The 10th to 14th stories will have full-floor, five-bedroom units. Above the huge $12 million duplex on the 15th and

    16th floors, 15 more stories will have a single apartment each: three bedrooms, a library and 3,061 square feet. But these are designed to be combined into duplexes if an owner wishes, the developers said.

    Plans call for the 12 tower stories, from the 32d to the 43d floors, to be occupied by only six apartments, each a duplex with four bedrooms, more than 5,000 square feet of space and magnificent views. The master baths throughout the building will be 10 feet by 15 feet, as big as many ordinary living rooms.

    Ms. Ramirez, of Halstead Property, said that most multimillion-dollar New York apartments nowadays are in cooperatives, which are subject to restrictions imposed by boards of directors, which may veto prospective buyers. Condominiums, because of their greater flexibility, are favored by many buyers, she said.

    As condo owners, the residents of 515 Park Avenue will have no say about who their neighbors are. The only guarantee would appear to be that they will all have a lot of money.


    New York Construction News
    515 Park Avenue

    515 Park Avenue - $50,000,000
    Architect: Frank Williams & Associates, NYC
    Owner: Zeckendorf Realty, NYC
    Structural Engineer: The Cantor Seinuk Group, NYC
    Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles, NYC
    Construction Manager: .J.A. Jones-GMO, NYC

    This 43-story luxury condominium tower at the corner of Park Avenue and 60th Street in Manhattan, presented the development team with unique challenges.

    Towering over 530 ft., this slender building has a height to width ratio in excess of 11. In addition, in order to maximize the floor usage and permit flexibility for the interior layout, no shear walls were permitted inside the shear plate. Similarly, the

    number of interior columns was limited to three. All of this, combined with two corner setbacks at the 15th and 30th floors, imposed great difficulties in creating the lateral resistance system for the building.

    The optimum solution was to create three rectangular tubular frames similar to an extended telescope having in common only two sides of the rectangle. The tubular frames were formed by the walls in between the windows and a perimeter spandrel beam. These walls, 10-in. to 12-in. thick, were substituted for the exterior columns and allowed an open interior space planning design.

    Furthermore, at the setbacks, no continuity of columns to receive the new set of columns was permitted since they would have to be positioned in the middle of the room below.

    The solutions were different at the two setbacks. For the 15th floor setback the structure above was supported on a number of perpendicular walls to the facade. These walls, two floors high, were penetrated with door openings and simulated a flying buttress due to their singular support.At the 30th floor setback, a 30-in. mat floor was used to support the entire structure above, virtually creating a new foundation for the 14 stories above.

    Cantor Seinuk
    515 Park Avenue

    Building: 515 Park Avenue ,New York, N.Y.
    Client: Zeckendorf Realty, L.P.
    Architect: Frank Williams & Associates
    Structure Type: 43-Story / Concrete Structure
    Project Category: Residential
    Photos: Click photos to enlarge
    Cantor Seinuk Area of Specialization: High rise buildings
    Project Award AWARD OF MERIT - 1999
    New York Concrete Industry Board

    Project Description
    515 Park Avenue, a luxury condominium tower located at the corner of Park Avenue and 60th Street, is most noticeable for it's slenderness and two corner setbacks at the 15th and 30th floors. The building is over 530 ft tall and has a height to width ratio that is greater than 11. To maximize available floor space, no shear walls were permitted inside the shear plate and only three interior columns were allowed, making the engineering of this structure particularly challenging.

    The building is composed of three tubular rectangular frames, all having only two sides of the rectangle in common. Though the rectangle walls acted as exterior columns, increasing the amount of open interior space, there was still the problem of transferring the loads of the non-common rectangle walls at the corner setbacks. The solution for the 15th floor setback was the use of a number of walls perpendicular to the facade as support for the structure above. The 30th floor setback uses a 30 inch mat floor as support, essentially acting as a new foundation for the remainder of the structure.

    Structural Group
    515 Park Avenue

    The 43-story tower at 515 Park Ave., the first true luxury high-rise residence to be built on Park Avenue in over 60 years, will be the recipient of an Award of Merit. This residential tower was designed to epitomize the grandeur and workmanship of the classic Park Avenue residence while maximizing the site. The jury cited the use of a rectangular perimeter telescoping concrete tube frame to maximize each floor without using shear walls and without more than three interior columns.

    The structure's three rectangular concrete frames were formed by the walls between the windows and a perimeter spandrel beam. Since continuity of columns at the two setbacks would have required columns to be positioned in the middle of the room below, two different solutions were adopted including the use of a 30-in. concrete mat floor to support the entire structure above the 30th floor.

    Manhattan-based development team members included Frank Williams & Associates, architect; The Cantor Seinuk Group, structural engineer; Jaros, Baum & Bolles, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer; J.A. Jones-GMO, construction manager; and Zeckendorf Realty, owner.

    Frank Williams & Associates

    Frank Williams & Associates

    Frank Williams & Associates

    Frank Williams & Associates

    Frank Williams & Associates
    515 Park Avenue
    New York, New York

    The Architectural design of 515 Park is closely tailored to the Classic Park Avenue Residential Buildings which line the avenue from East 60th Street to East 96th Street and has always been one of the most dignified streets in New York. The 43-story tower acts as a transition between the Park Avenue Landmark Residential District north of East 60th Street and the Park Avenue Midtown

    Office District south of East 60th Street. The Architectural Design starts with a strong 14-story street wall base of the tower, then there are two graceful setbacks. All of the setbacks are capped with a 2-story series of pilasters and decorative balconies, this crowning occur at each of the three setbacks in the Residential Tower. The important site demanded the use of the finest materials. The Architects proposed the use of French Magny limestone as the basic exterior material, accented by beige brick.

    Beautifully proportioned casement windows are rectangular and deep-set. The Architects organized the residences into beautifully proportioned 12' high living rooms with fireplaces, libraries, foyers, and dining rooms with views of the City as well as Central Park. These residences, many of which are duplexes, were designed to have the public entertainment areas such the Living Rooms, Libraries and Dining Rooms with the Kitchen organized on the lower duplex level. The upper levels of the Duplex residences are forthe private family rooms, bedrooms, utility rooms, and master bedroom suites. This allows the family to be living upstairs, while the lower level is used simultaneously for entertaining guests.

    City Realty
    515 Park Avenue

    The tallest residential building on Park Avenue, this slim, 43-story tower, which was completed in 2000 and was developed by the Zeckendorf General Partnership and the Whitehall Real Estate Fund, has only 38 apartments.

    Most of the apartments above the 15th floor have stunning vistas in many directions.

    The building was designed by Frank Williams & Associates and replaced a pre-war, Italian Renaissance-palazzo style building.

    The limestone, cast stone and beige-brick tower is a Post-Modern design that seeks to carry on the avenue's predominantly Italian Renaissance-palazzo tradition, albeit here exploded to a huge scale.

    When two other high-rises, 715 and 900 Park Avenue, broached the avenue's traditional cornice line height about a generation previously, there was considerable controversy over them and their possible deleterious impact on the famous boulevard.

    There was no similar outcry, however, about this project, perhaps because it is so close to the midtown business district and also because it is close to the Ritz Tower at 57th Street that for years was the avenue's tallest residential building.

    This handsome, spindly tower, which seems taller than 43 stories because it has 10-foot-high ceilings, joins the Four Seasons Hotel nearby on 57th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in giving the district north of 57th Street a new skyline.

    It is set back only on the north and west sides at the 15th, 33rd and 43rd floors resulting in what Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman and Jacob Tilove described in their excellent book, "New York 2000, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Bicentennial And The Millennium" (The Monacelli Press, 2006), as an "awkward silhouette."

    "The detailing was heavy-handed, with cast-stone corners, double-height pilasters below each setback, and two cast-stone-clad mechanical equipment enclosures set atop the building. In terms of sheer space, however," the authors continued, "the interior left little to be desired....The second floor provided ten suites for use as servants' quarters, and the basement held fifteen private climate-controlled wine cellars and thirty-eight storage rooms....But for all the luxury (and sales success), the building was deemed a poor addition to Park Avenue. Paul Goldberger found 515 Park to be 'particularly ungainly'" and he found its facade "a pretentious muddle."

    A full-service building with many amenities, this building came onto the market with excellent timing as the demand for large luxury apartments in prime locations pushed prices to record highs in the late 1990s.

    Apartments have entrance foyers and twelve of the 38 apartments are duplexes. The building has a fitness center, wine cellars, and a dining room entered from the lobby that is available for catered affairs, and a residents' only library.

    The Zeckendorf organization has been one of the city's major developers for many years and in recent decades pioneered the redevelopment of many areas with important projects at Union Square and on Eighth Avenue in Midtown and at 96th Street and Broadway. A few years after they completed this project, they built 15 Central Park West that was designed in Post-Modern style by Robert A. M. Stern.

    Despite its closeness to the Midtown Business District, the location of 515 Park Avenue is relatively quiet, but close to many famous stores, boutiques and restaurants. There is excellent public transportation nearby.

    For more information about buying an apartment in 515 Park Avenue:

    Scott Murphy - Emporis


    I couldn't find a photo of the building the tower replaces. If you read the 1991 NYT article it says it was a 12 story apartment house built in 1912.
    William Zeckendorf Jr. described it as being "very ugly."
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    Illuminated Crown

    Demo'd a handsome building from 1912
    East-facing blank wall.
    Assymetry makes it a bit awkward
    Some details are a little clunky

    All in all, a nice building.
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    Here's what it replaced (via NYPL digital Library):

    515 Park Avenue circa 1923

    And a wide shot looking south down Park.

    Ugly? I'd say handsome.

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    ^ It's too bad that was razed and for that this project gets a point deducted.

    Nevertheless, it is a fine design in its own right and even with a point deducted, is still above average.

    Total Score: 7.5

    (By the way, I am beginning to like the Zeckendorffs. The Union Square project aside, they are definitely one of the better developers in this city.)

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    Only in NY can I walk by a 500-footer on Park Ave a billion times and never notice it....?!?!?

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    Here's a review of 515 Park.

    New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millennium

    Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman, Jacob Tilove

    In 1989 William Zeckendorf Jr. and George Klein, two of the city’s most prominent developers, purchased 515 Park Avenue (Denby & Nute, 1912), southeast corner of Sixtieth Street, a twelve-story apartment building converted to offices in 1958; its location just outside the jagged southern boundary of the Upper East Side Historic District made it ripe for redevelopment, 142 But their plans to build a hotel on the site soon fell victim to the collapsed real estate market of the early 1990s and it wasn’t until the mid-1990s, after a series of financial transactions left the property in the hands of Zeckendorf’s sons, William Lie and Arthur, and their financial partner, Goldman Sachs’s Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund, that plans for the site were revived, this time calling for a superluxurious residential tower.

    Frank Wiffiams & Associates was hired to design the new 165,000-square-foot apartment house (2000), a forty-three story campanile of beige brick with French limestone and
    cast stone trim. Its height rivaled that of the Ritz Tower (Emery Roth and Carrère & Hastings, 1925), two blocks to the South, but where the Ritz Tower gracefully set back on all ‘hides as it rose, 515 Park Avenue set back only on the north and west sides at three abrupt intervals at the fifteenth, thirty-third, and forty-third floors, resulting in an awkward silhouette. The detailing was heavy-handed, with cast-stone corners double-height pilasters below each setback, and two cast-stone-clad mechanical equipment enclosures set atop the building. In terms of sheer space, however, the interior left little to be desired. Only forty apartments occupied the building, with two per floor on the lower nine levels, a mix of full-floor apartments and duplexes on the tenth through thirty-first stories, and six duplexes on the building’s top twelve floors. As the apartments were sold, the number of units was reduced even further when buyers combined them. Ceilings were typically ten feet high and layouts were sprawling. The second floor provided ten suites for use as servants’ quarters and the basement held fifteen private climate- controlled wine cellars and thirty-eight storage rooms. Other amenities included a gymnasium, caterer’s kitchen, and professional laundry rooms.

    But for all the luxury (and sales success), the building was deemed a poor addition to Park Avenue. Paul Goldberger found 515 Park Avenue to be “particularly ungainly,” its bulk “stretched and pulled to the point where all sense of proportion is lost” Remarking on Williams’s professed examination of Park Avenue precedents, Goldberger felt the architect “seems not to have picked up the most important characteristic of the city’s older apartment buildings—their quiet dignity. The corners at 515 Park Avenue are lined with cast stone [and] come off as heavy and awkward.” And, he stated, though the cast stone replaced limestone only above the fourteenth floor, “we are supposed to assume that the real stone has been used all the way up . . . [but] it’s obvious that the material is different, and not as good. Add the murky-colored brick, which doesn’t mix well with the color of the cast stone, and some awkward fake pilasters, and you have a facade that is a pretentious muddle."

    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    (By the way, I am beginning to like the Zeckendorffs. The Union Square project aside, they are definitely one of the better developers in this city.)
    Their next project will rise almost directly diagonal (NW) to 515 Park. It'll be a 35-50 story tower at 47 E 60th Street. It's likely they'll build another retro-styled tower here too.
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    145 East 76th Street



    New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millennium

    Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman, Jacob Tilove

    "...Capitalizing on the Siena’s success, Harry Macklowe retained Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron to design another building at the opposite end of the block, 145 East Seventy-sixth Street (1999), northeast corner of Lexington Avenue, a pared-down, palazzo-aspiring, beige brick luxury apartment building offering only twenty units in its fifteen floors. Above an elegantly detailed rusticated limestone base featuring a cavernous arched entryway with glass and antique-nickel front doors on Seventy.sixth Street, the apartment house rose nine floors to a setback marked by a parapet punctuated by limestone orbs. The setback doubled as a terrace for the single tenth-floor apartment and supported three independent structures that held two levels of balconies serving apartments on the eleventh and twelfth floors. To Paul Goldberger, the building’s overall shape, which had much in common with its prewar models, made “covering the thing in traditional garb seem less contrived” than with many of its towering peers. The critic credited Hugh Hardy with having “inventively blended” classic apartment architecture into a new building, and the result was a soft-spoken success: “This isn’t a masterpiece. It’s just decent background architecture, which is exactly what we seem to have so much trouble producing these days."

    City Realty
    145 East 76th Street
    Carter B. Horsley

    This handsome, 16-story, beige-brick condominium apartment building was completed in 1999 and has only 20 units.

    It was erected by the Macklowe Development Company, which has built many of the city's top luxury apartment buildings such as the Metropolitan Tower at 136 West 56th Street.

    This building was designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, one of the city's leading architects of preservation projects, and Schuman Lichtenstein Claman & Efron.

    Across Lexington Avenue from Lenox Hill Hospital, it has numerous balconies, some terraces and an attractive rooftop watertank enclosure. It has a two-story, rusticated limestone base, curved, wrought-iron balcony railings that are painted white, and limestone orbs on some of the terraces.

    The building has a private residents' salon with a garden and fountain. Apartments have 10-foot-high ceilings and range in size from three to five bedrooms and have convertible libraries and formal dining rooms, a housekeepers room, and kitchens with breakfast areas.

    it is directly across 76h Street from the exceedingly attractive St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church that was erected in 1913 and designed by Nicholas Seffacino. In the late 1990s, the church sold its unused "air rights" that were used to erect a very handsome luxury apartment tower at the eastern end of the block on Third Avenue. Although this might have been a more attractive building if it had been clad in red brick, the beige brick facade is more in "context" with the limestone facade of the church.

    This is a quintessential New York location as there is tremendous bustle along the avenue here with many small stores and one block to the south on the avenue was Mortimer's, one of the city's most famous social watering holes until it closed in 1999. There is excellent cross-town bus service nearby on 79th Street.

    For more information about buying an apartment in 145 East 76th Street:








    SLCE Architects
    145 East 76th Street, New York, NY

    Type: Luxury Condominium
    Height: 16
    Units: 20
    Completion Date: 1999

    This 20 apartment luxury condominium with classic prewar detailing and layouts is located on New York's prestigious Upper East Side.

    A distinct entry portal leads to a rich and refined lobby that opens into a large party room with adjacent landscaped courtyard.

    Each of the 15 upper floors has no more than two spacious apartments that are complemented by either a private terrace or a balcony. Ten foot ceilings, oversized windows and find material and design details are the essence of these apartments.

    Design Architect: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates
    Executive Architect: SLCE Architects

    • Articles

      The New York Times
      POSTINGS: 15-Story, 22-Apartment Condominium at 76th Street; It's on the Avenue: Lexington
      Published: July 12, 1998

      The Cooperator
      The Real Estate Market: Demand Far Exceeds Supply - Co-op and Condo Prices Surge in '98
      By Vicki Chesler

      Real Estate Weekly
      Sales off to fast start at new Macklowe tower.
      Wednesday, December 9 1998

      The New York Times
      TURF; Enter the Computer-Generated Condo and Walk Around
      By Tracie Rozhon - Published: December 24, 1998

      The New York Times
      Residential Real Estate; Luxury Condominiums Seeing Strong Demand
      By RACHELLE GARBARINE - Published: April 16, 1999

      The New York Times
      Metro Business; Developer Is Sued By Former Deputy
      Published: October 21, 1999

      New York Magazine
      Luxury Lemons?
      By Sarah Bernard - Mar 12, 2001 issue of New York

      ...In a spacious, tastefully appointed living room at 145 East 76th Street, a couple who've spent most of their adult lives on the Upper East Side are reliving the moment when they decided to make the leap from prewar Park Avenue to their current $2 million, high-ceilinged three-bedroom in one of the nineties' signature residential developments. The seduction, which began in March 1999, was conducted with virtual-reality tours (on which the developer, Harry Macklowe, spent $100,000), renderings of the elegant Hugh Hardy facade, and with brochure copy that promised "a residents-only private lounge and dining room," along with a "cortile" -- a cortile! -- "patterned after the intimate colonnaded courtyards of Rome."

      "I have to admit," she confesses, "I was somewhat captivated."

      Eleven months later, however, the thrill is definitely gone, and hell hath no fury like a luxury-condo buyer scorned. "The hardwood floors look like rippling waves," the man says. "They told us oak floors are subject to shrinkage and swelling," the woman adds. "I'm a New Yorker, I've had wood floors all my life, and nothing ever got swollen or shrunk." There are floor-to-ceiling cracks bisecting the toile wallpaper in the study, and stained bathroom marble. The glass doors to the "Juliet" balcony are so heavy, they bent their own hinges. "Our contractor came in and said, 'We've never seen walls this uneven.' "

      Then came the last straw: "I'm going to flush the toilet," she says, jumping up from the floral-patterned couch and marching down a long hallway to the powder room. Moments later, there's a furious, crushing explosion -- sssssppplllllluuuuussssshhhhhh!!! She marches back in. "And that's with the door closed."...
      ...In a tour of the "private lounge and dining room" -- which ended up resembling a ballroom at "a low-end Marriott"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Their next project will rise almost directly diagonal (NW) to 515 Park. It'll be a 35-50 story tower at 47 E 60th Street. It's likely they'll build another retro-styled tower here too.
    I hope not. 47 is a good looking building built in 1917. Also, I hope the plot does not include the beautiful church at the corner.

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    This one? I think it's a bit on the non-descript side. The Zeckedorf's bought the Grollier' Club's (the nice building next door to the east) and the church's development rights.

    It'll be sad to see these stores go.
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