Trump Palace Condominiums
|Trump Palace Condominiums|
Location within Manhattan
|Construction started||April 1989|
|Roof||623 ft (190 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Frank Williams and Associates|
Trump Palace Condominiums is a 623 ft (190 m) tall skyscraper at 200 East 69th Street in New York City, New York. It was completed in 1991 and has 54 floors. Frank Williams and Associates, headed by architect Frank Williams designed the building, which is the 70th tallest in New York City, and the tallest in the Upper East Side.
The property had previously been occupied by the New York Foundling Hospital, which businessman and President of the United States, Donald Trump purchased in 1985. Prior to the sale, community groups had unsuccessfully lobbied city agencies to prevent a high-rise building from being constructed on the site. Construction of the 55-floor Trump Palace began in April 1989, with a planned completion date of 1991, at a cost of $185 million. Community groups had also made an unsuccessful attempt to have the building's 623-foot height decreased, although Trump had initially planned for a larger building to go on the site, and decided against including a five-screen movie theater on the property.
The tower, made of granite, was designed by architect Frank Williams to resemble Art Deco buildings of the 1920s and 1930s. The New York Times criticized the building's design and wrote, "Trump Palace makes little effort to fit into its surroundings. It wants to stick out on the skyline like a prima donna." The newspaper wrote that the high-rise, rather than a homage to the architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, was more of a "hangover" from the 1980s: "That is its true period style. And the staggering views from the apartments bring that period deliriously back to life. Gazing out their windows, a visitor comes face to face with the soaring designer skyscrapers of those gilded years, each tower trying to upstage the others like sumptuously costumed guests at a charity ball." Low-rise townhouses are located at the tower's base along with a small plaza, both of which were part of a zoning requirement.
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