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NYC condo project brings new life to century-old building

April 10, 2013 |
BD+C Staff


Located at the southeast corner of 72ndStreet and Lexington Avenue, 150 East 72nd Street has launched condominium sales. 100 years after its construction, the building is undergoing a complete modernization of the entire infrastructure and design aesthetic to today’s contemporary living standards. While incorporating new custom-design features, 150 East 72nd Street has maintained its architectural integrity and elegant character as it enters a new era of sustainability and longevity.

“150 East 72nd Street, originally built by Schwartz & Gross, is a validation of classic New York architecture and the 1913 designer of that time,” said Jarrett White, Spokesman for the Sponsor, Macklowe Properties. “It is an extension of the legacy of grand Fifth and Park Avenue residences and the building is fortunate to share in the classic design tradition and heritage. With limited supply and eager anticipation, our restoration and interior modernization has resulted in the creation of spacious apartments that will help fill a void in the marketplace.”

Handel Architects, the project architect, has created residences that reflect livability and understated design. “By creating three-to-five-bedroom apartments, we have filled a void in today’s marketplace for large-sized homes, which are not readily available and actively sought after,” added White. The building’s unit mix consists of 2,300-square-foot three-bedroom homes, 3,500- square-foot four-bedroom homes, and a 4,500 square foot five-bedroom home.

With only two residences per floor off a private elevator landing, interiors have been refashioned with careful attention to its original design. This includes large living and dining rooms, solid white oak floors, new windows, 10 foot ceilings, central air conditioning and custom Poliform closets. 

Gracious eat-in kitchens feature marble countertops and backsplashes, custom wood cabinetry, Miele appliances, and polished chrome fixtures, according to Lilla Smith, Head Designer for the Sponsor. Master bathrooms feature marble slab floors, walls and countertops, custom vanities and cabinetry, a free standing bathtub and enjoy a luxurious use of space.

Drawing on the building’s original lobby design, Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects has stayed true to the elements of the these spaces. “It is an exciting prospect to breathe new life into this building by introducing such details as a freshly-conceived patterned nickel silver portal to the restored granite entry and marble medallions inlaid into the lobby's marble flooring,” said Dan Shannon whose firm, Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects, worked with Malay Shah of Handel Architects in restoring and invigorating the lobby and newly created public spaces. “Beyond recapturing the building's glory as a fixture of Upper East Side living, the newly reinterpreted building blends classical beauty with modern sensibility as a statement of timeless elegance.”

Amenities include a fitness center, children’s playroom, and multipurpose room. The building consists of three to five bedroom residences, many with wood burning fireplaces, libraries and staff rooms.

The model apartments have been designed by Eric Alch Design and are located on the 9th floor. For more information, please visit the website at 150east72.com or call 212-545-5000.

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