Exclusive first look at Stern’s Central Park Palazzo
Architect Robert A. M. Stern literally wrote the book on New York architecture. So it should not come as a surprise that the architect’s latest building, 15 Central Park West, demonstrates a learned understanding of the finer qualities of New York’s grandest apartment houses. As a testament to the building’s appeal, the apartments, which include some of the priciest units in the city, pre-sold prior to construction. Denzel Washington, Norman Lear, and Sting are among the building’s famous residents.
In its massing, proportions, detailing and materials, 15 Central Park West is a throwback to an earlier era. The full-block complex is comprised of two towers, a 20 storey House facing the Park and a 35-storey Tower fronting Broadway, linked by generous open courtyard that serves as a private motor entrance to the building and contains a copper and glass entry pavilion.
Unlike its esteemed neighbors, 15 Central Park West is fully clad in limestone. There are 202 apartments ranging from one-bedroom to four bedroom homes designed for families with family rooms and kitchens scaled for entertaining that equal their pre-war antecedents. Each apartment features large casement windows, high ceilings, dining rooms, lots of moldings, plenty of natural light and open views in all directions. Among the building’s common amenities are a private dining room for residents, a walnut paneled library, a screening room, private wine cellars, a health club and pool.
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