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    Here is the site:


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    That is such a beautful church and setting. It's going to be one big shadow.

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    November 17, 2005


    Design of tall Sky House project at 11 West 29th Street modified







    The Clarett Group has redesigned its very tall and slender Sky House project at 11 East 29th Street.

    It is now 55 stories tall and has a setback on its north side and a total of 139 one- and two-bedroom condominium apartments.

    It previously was 54 stories with no setbacks with 138 units.

    The building has been designed by FX Fowle and uses air rights from the adjacent Church of the Transfiguration, known familiarly as the Little Church Around the Corner, at 1 East 29th Street.

    The new tower will rise across the street from the Madison Belvedere, a 50-story, 400-unit rental tower erected a few years ago at 10 West 29th Street.

    Clarett is also erecting the 36-story Plaza 57, another condo tower, on the former site of the Sutton Theater at 207 East 57th Street.

    According to the architects, "to help the building blend with its lower-scale surroundings, the building was divided into three slender masses," each clad in a red-brown iron-spot brick. "The element facing 29th Street and overlooking the church is set back from the street and has an architectural expression of vertical piers….Like a belfry or campanile, this almost-square tower soars into the sky celebrating and defining the presence of the historic landmark. The church’s parish house is a new three-story structure at the base of the tower that projects forward to the sidewalk, thus extending the scale and refined architectural detail of the church compound toward the east."

    The new tower will have an extremely high height-to-width ratio, perhaps somewhat like that Trump World Tower on First Avenue. While it clearly towers over the charming church complex and gardens, it is considerably thinner than Madison Belvedere at 10 West 29th Street.

    The church building was erected in 1849 on what were then the outskirts of the city.

    In 1870 Joseph Jefferson was rebuffed at a nearby church in arranging for the funeral of his friend, George Holland, an actor. Told that there was a little church around the corner where "they do that sort of thing," Jefferson fervently and memorably exclaimed, "God Bless the Little Church Around the Corner." In 1923, the Episcopal Actors' Guild was founded and it carries on an active program at its national headquarters in the Guild Hall and such theatrical greats as Basil Rathbone, Tallulah Bankhead, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Charlton Heston, and Rex Harrison served on its council.

    The church’s fourth rector, Father Orin Griesmyer, led the parish in opposing a city plan in 1962 to build a cross-town arterial highway that would have left the church stranded between the east- and west-bound lanes.


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    out-dated design, but it's a tall one

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    Look at the blank space between the tiny windows on the left-hand side...what a lost opportunity.

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    Man, I really hate that sort of thing. Blank walls are an abomination in my mind.

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    Look at the blank space between the tiny windows on the left-hand side...what a lost opportunity.

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    From the top of the Empire State Building. March 1, 2006:





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    Those people in the preexisting tall building are going to have some blocked views...

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    Finally some activity!


    March 24, 2006:



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    When you consider its height, it is one very tiny footprint.

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    I definitely agree with triplemint's take on the neighborhood. It is very convenient and all of the new development in the area definitely will help. That being said, the area on broadway between 26th and 32nd is still a disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigkdc
    I definitely agree with triplemint's take on the neighborhood. It is very convenient and all of the new development in the area definitely will help. That being said, the area on broadway between 26th and 32nd is still a disaster.
    I can't open the triplemint link. Can you post what it says?

    I agree with your statement regarding that stretch of B'Way. However, with the redevelopment of a few sites, that segment could be magnificent. There are some truly stunning buildings along that part of B'Way.

    P.S.: This part of Madison has some truly glorious architecture.
    Last edited by londonlawyer; May 2nd, 2006 at 08:53 PM.

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    You are right about broadway and the beauty of those buildings. I know this conversation has been had before but I don't fully understand how all of those stores on that strip stay in business. Who is buying that stuff?

    Here is the blurb from triplemint:

    Sky House Condo

    We've been watching this project ever since our friends at Curbed scored the original scoop about this extremely tall and narrow apartment tower in the Manhattan neighborhood that developers are now calling "Madison Square North." Sky House, a 139 unit condominium at 11 East 29th Street, is a Clarett Group project designed by the firm of Fxfowle. The slender 55 story tower will have just three apartments per floor. Its height-to-width ratio reminds us of the Metropolitan apartment tower on West 57th Street. Reflecting a new turn toward smaller, more saleable units (as the New York condo market cools a bit), the mix here will be mostly one and two bedroom apartments. More on the design and the neighborhood after the jump.


    Most of these apartments will either have dramatic city views or overlook the adjacent "Little Church Around The Corner" and its charming oasis-like garden. The first few floors will house a new parish house. Above will rise 139 apartments using the air rights purchased from the church. Fxfowle has used a dark red brick to compliment the old structure, and while we usually don't care for brick used at this scale (its detail becomes pointless after a certain height), this seems to bring a necessary warmth to the design--mostly because they got the color right. Above is a rendering of the condo's lobby.
    A word on this part of town. We have always called it the Persian Rug district, but that may be just us. It's a short walk to the Flatiron District or Chelsea, and just a five minute cab ride to Union Square. It is served by both the Lexington Avenue subway and the R train. As a residential location this certainly beats the desolate canyons of Wall Street that developers have been breathlessly hyping of late. Across the street from Sky House Geoffrey Zakarian just opened his new restaurant Country which has drawn a crowd, and there are at least five nearby loft condo conversions in various states of progress. Over time we think Madison Avenue will be a much better bet than Pine Street.

    The image above shows how the new structure fits into the church property.

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    Thanks for posting that.

    It would be nice if the City made a zoning incentive for that stretch of B'Way. That would be a great area for hotels.

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