Downtown’s new tallest residential building was ceremoniously topped-out last week, and 30 Park Place certainly holds its own on the New York skyline. Per DOB permits, the skyscraper will stand 937 feet tall, totaling 67 floors (almost all of which are now up). Silverstein is developing, and the building will house a Four Seasons Hotel & Residences, with lower levels holding 185 hotel rooms and upper floors housing 157 condominiums
Even the mid-levels of 30 Park Place have generally comprehensive views, with the highest floors towering above the formerly-dominant Woolworth Building. That skyscraper, which stood as the world’s tallest from 1913 to 1930, remains distinctive, and should serve as a reminder that buildings like the Chrysler and Empire State will maintain their individuality and dignity even if they are soon surrounded by supertalls (as will be the case for both icons).
While changes to the skyline remain as contentious as ever, cladding the new buildings in limestone (or concrete made to look like limestone like 30 Park Place has) is definitely a way to ensure they mesh relatively seamlessly, and in this regard, the future Four Seasons Hotel & Residences excels. Once the full exterior is complete, it should appear as just another tower on the Lower Manhattan skyline, not particularly distinctive, but nonetheless attractive (in contrast to its showier rival, 56 Leonard).
The building is among a trio of Robert A.M. Stern-designed towers under construction, with the others underway at 220 Central Park South (which will be the tallest of the group, at 950′), and 520 Park Avenue (around 800′). All three developments will rank among the tallest residential buildings in New York City, though prices at the Uptown projects will be significantly higher than at 30 Park Place.
Completion is expected in mid 2016, and while the facade continues its rise, window installation has also recently begun.
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