1865 Broadway’s Brutalist-Inspired Facade Reaches Its Rooftop On the Upper West Side of Manhattan

1865 Broadway, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson1865 Broadway, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The latest Upper West Side tower designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill is almost complete. It has been ten months since the 33-story residential building at 1865 Broadway topped out, and now, the façade has finally reached the building’s rooftop.

AvalonBay Communities purchased the site in 2015 for $300 million from the American Bible Society. The sale helped fund the non-profit’s plan to move to Philadelphia. While the development required demolition of a bold brutalist building also designed by SOM, an anonymous source shared with YIMBY in 2015 that the new tower’s facade would be inspired by Brutalist pioneer I.M. Pei’s Turtle Bay Towers. However, the façade is not totally symmetrical like Pei’s buildings, as it is stratified to accommodate different use classes.

1865 Broadway base, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

1865 Broadway base, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

A four-story retail base will anchor the 416-foot tall structure, with two below ground and two above ground floors yielding a total of 34,000 square feet.

1865 Broadway previous structure, via Google Maps

1865 Broadway previous structure, via Google Maps

236,532 square feet will be dedicated to residential space, yielding 160 residential units averaging almost 1,500 square feet apiece. While the developer AvalonBay normally does rentals, this project will include a mix of both rental units and condominiums on the upper floors.

1865 Broadway

1865 Broadway, viewed from Fordham’s plaza on 61st and Columbus

Completion and move-ins are expected by 2019. Sales have not yet been announced.

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3 Comments on "1865 Broadway’s Brutalist-Inspired Facade Reaches Its Rooftop On the Upper West Side of Manhattan"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Looking down from aircraft you will see this design and production of tower. Via Google Maps.

  2. What an accomplishment. 12 stories of mediocre design replaced by 33 stories of mediocre design.

  3. Avalon is consistently mediocre

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