Collegiate School’s New 10-Story Building Tops Off at Riverside Center

260 West 78th Street, photo by TectonicCollegiate School's new building under construction at 301 Freedom Place South. photo by Tectonic

The Collegiate School sold off its buildings on West 78th Street to its landmarked neighbor, the West End Collegiate Church, and now the new campus for the tony, all-boys educational institution is rising at 301 Freedom Place South in the Riverside Center development. Prolific photographer Tectonic brings us the latest from the site between West 61st and West 62nd Streets, a block inland from the West Side Highway and the Hudson River.

Collegiate School's new building under construction at 301 Freedom Place South. photo by Tectonic

Collegiate School’s new building under construction at 301 Freedom Place South. photo by Tectonic

The 10-story, 130,000-square-foot building officially topped off last month, a few days after YIMBY caught it at nine stories. A gym, theater, locker rooms, and kitchen will fill the underground floors, followed by a cafeteria and eight stories of classrooms. The fifth floor will have a library, and students will get to enjoy a roof deck on the top floor.

260 West 78th Street, photo by Tectonic

Collegiate School’s new building under construction at 301 Freedom Place South. photo by Tectonic

Kohn Pedersen Fox is designing the building, which has a partially curved facade. Extell was the original developer behind Riverside Center, which stretches from 59th to 72nd Streets and will eventually include multiple residential towers. However, the firm led by Gary Barnett sold off parcels to other builders, who ultimately made the project a reality. Riverside Collegiate purchased their site from Extell for $25,000,000 in August 2015.

Building 1 of Riverside Center will rise next door at 400 West 61st Street, and KPF is designing that too. Down the block, the 42-story One West End Avenue is coming along, and the 43-story tower at 21 West End Avenue is finished.

A public school in the neighborhood, P.S. 191, may move into 21 West End. But the school’s future is a little unclear, because parents in adjacent school districts might fight the move to avoid overcrowding in their own schools, DNAinfo reported in June.

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