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Featured Building: Walker Tower


The newly renovated Walker Tower
It seems that no matter where one turns in Manhattan, another treasure is spotted hidden in plain view. The 1929 Art Deco Walker Tower is one such treasure.

This 24 story Art Deco structure was designed by the prolific architect, Ralph Thomas Walker, famous for his 'organic" designs. Walker said of tall buildings, "The skyscraper, to my mind, is the only means … of living in this age of the machine. — “The Relation of Skyscrapers to Our Life,” 1930 Ralph Walker.

He used his skills and training in the Beaux Arts architecture style to create what he called, "humanized" skyscrapers. Using Art Deco ornamentation, he made Walker Tower a dramatic and iconic member of New York City's skyline.

The Art Deco style retained in four additional floors
This building was originally built for the New York Telephone Company as a giant call center. It was later occupied by Verizon until JDS Development and Property Markets Group saw potential in the building and bought it for a measly $27 million in 2007. It is an incredibly well-built and over-built building, the type of structure that today, would bankrupt any potential developer if they tried to duplicate the effort.

JDS Development and Property Markets Group then went ahead and spent another $200 million on renovations to convert the former office building into 50 luxury condominiums. A complete restoration of the brick façade was undertaken and an additional four floors were added to create some super penthouses, designed to attract "A"-listers.

A simple two bedroom unit may sell for as much as $13 million ... not for the "faint-of-pocketbook", for sure. But for those with the 'where-with-all' and want views of Manhattan from Downtown to Midtown and of TriBeCa and the Hudson River, this may be the place for them.[1]

Walker Tower is much better suited as a luxury condominium building than as a storage place for copper wire under Verizon's ownership.


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City Spire - At the time of its construction, City Spire was the world's second tallest concrete building, and today is known for its record setting three floor penthouse with panoramic views of Manhattan.

Apple Bank Building - A landmark building that once housed the Central Savings Bank, the Apple Bank Building is known for its luxury, including a fitness center that is illuminated by a chandelier.

Downtown By Starck - A conversion project by famed architect Philippe Starck, this building has been dubbed the Downtown Insanity Palace due to its numerous over the top luxury amenities.

Rutherford Place - A former maternity hospital, Rutherford Place is now a condominium residence in Gramercy Park, and a classic example of the Beaux Arts architectural style.

Jade- With interior design by Jade Jagger, this building introduced Manhattan-ites to pod style living.

Centurion - A collaboration between world renowned architect I.M. Pei and his son, the Centurion lured Pei out of his semi-retirement to create this Modernist classic.

Atrium - 1896 hostel for poor men becomes modern luxury Condo over 100 years later

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One Brooklyn Bridge Park - All the amenities of Manhattan just across the East River ... with the view of Manhattan included

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25 Minetta Lane - An Art-Deco, pre-war building constructed of red brick in an "H" plan design completed in the spring of 1940

Dakota - The infamous former residence of John Lennon on Central Park West.


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