On-site renderings have been posted for a new townhouse at 210 East 52nd Street, which will soon stand six stories tall; the architect of record is Gene Kaufman. Construction is already well underway on the structure, and Sam Chang is listed as the developer.
210 East 52nd Street sits next to one of Sam Chang’s Midtown hotels, and the building seems like somewhat of an afterthought compared to its neighbor; the two structures are apparently part of the same site, and permits for the townhouse even list the hotel’s square footage, with details between the two buildings apparently inter-mingled on the DOB’s website.
Despite the confusion regarding permits, the size of the townhouse is obviously quite small, and it will only count as one unit; its appearance will be above average compared to typical Kaufman-designed structures, though the scope of the project is certainly limited.
The location of 210 East 52nd Street is somewhat bizarre, as townhouses are rarely built in Midtown Manhattan, and most are legacies of the early twentieth century; nevertheless, the home will fill a small gap between the budget hotel and its next-door neighbor. Ironically, it will meet the block’s street-wall, as well — and besides its Napoleon (cake)-like facade, the structure shows that Kaufman is capable of designing urban-minded buildings.
Completion of 210 East 52nd Street is expected at the end of this year.
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