In between two major projects (250 West 55th and 1715 Broadway) lies yet another building now under construction. 237 West 54th will be a 34-story hotel, and is almost above street level. Unfortunately the project’s architect is Gene Kaufman, whose work epitomizes cost-cutting and budget-friendly design. While the site’s future hotel will be quite bleak, the blemish of a building will barely be visible thanks to the project’s larger neighbors rising nearby.
As the building was originally proposed at 27-stories, the zoning diagrams are out of date. Despite this, it would seem the building will rise around 400 feet in total, given the original height was supposed to be 300 feet. The size of the project means it should rise fairly quickly, although completion surely can’t come soon enough for neighbors having to deal with three projects rising at the same time. It’s unfortunate that completion will come at all for yet another Kaufman-designed monstrosity.