15 Central Park West
|15 Central Park West|
|Architectural style||New Classical|
15 Central Park West, |
New York, New York, U.S.
|Current tenants||202 units|
|Cost||$950 million (2008)|
|Roof||550.01 feet (167.64 m)|
|Floor count||35 floors|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Robert A.M. Stern Architects|
Arthur Zeckendorf, |
15 Central Park West is a condominium apartment building located at the corner of West 61st Street and Central Park West in New York City. Construction started in 2005 and was completed in 2008, costing a total of $950 million ($1,100,000,000 in today's dollars, adjusted for inflation). The building was designed in a New Classical style by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
The building was constructed by developers Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf of Zeckendorf Development, grandsons of real estate developer William Zeckendorf, in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Eyal Ofer's Global Holdings Inc.15 Central Park West is considered by some to be one of New York's most prestigious residential addresses. The location, described as "the most expensive site in Manhattan" (purchased for $401 million in 2004 ($520,000,000 in current dollar terms), comprises an entire, albeit small, city block on Central Park West, formerly occupied by the somewhat dilapidated Mayflower Hotel (a 1926 Neo-Renaissance building designed by the architect Emery Roth) and a vacant lot.
As designed, 15 Central Park West is divided into two sections, a 19-story tower on Central Park West known as "the house," joined by a glass-enclosed lobby to a 35-story tower on Broadway. It includes such amenities as a private driveway to screen residents from paparazzi, a cinema with 20 seats, and a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) fitness center with a 75-foot (22.86 m) swimming pool.
The AIA Guide to New York City lamented Robert A.M. Stern's "attempted re-incarnation" of the luxurious apartment buildings built on Central Park West between the two world wars. The AIA criticized how "everything's exaggerated, retro and gigantic" and characterized the building as inferior to its next door neighbor, The Century.  However, The New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that 15 Central Park West was designed to "echo" Central Park West's many notable late Art Deco buildings. He described the building in Vanity Fair as an "ingenious homage to the classic Candela-designed apartment buildings on Park and Fifth Avenues." He compared 15 CPW to the great apartment houses of the 1920s, 778 Park Avenue, 834 Fifth Avenue, 1040 Fifth Avenue, and 740 Park Avenue. 15 Central Park West's limestone facade uses material from "the same quarry that was a source for the Empire State Building". The floor plan was designed so that almost all rooms have an open view and layouts that borrow heavily from the styles commonly found in the 1920s.
Noted residents include or have included Robert De Niro, Sting, Norman Lear, Denzel Washington, Bob Costas, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, steel magnate and philanthropist Leroy Schecter, Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev and his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva, former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill, businessman Min Kao, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, and baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
Arthur MacArthur IV, the son of General Douglas MacArthur lived in the Mayflower Hotel that previously occupied the site until 2004. When the building was demolished to make way for 15 Central Park West he moved to Greenwich Village.
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