220 Central Park South’s Exterior Mechanical Elevator Coming Down, in Midtown

220 Central Park South with the elevator comingn down on the eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Construction on 220 Central Park South is starting to wrap up, as the exterior mechanical elevator is finally being disassembled. The 67-story residential tower will contain 593,000 square feet of prime real estate, and stands 950 feet tall above Midtown and Central Park South. Robert A. M. Stern Architects is the lead architect while SLCE Architects is the executive architect. Vornado Realty Trust is the developer of the nearly $3.4 billion dollar project. Interiors are being designed by Thierry W. Despont.

Close-up of the disassembling elevator on the eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Looking from Central Park, the elevator on the eastern facade is quickly coming down floor by floor. The remaining exposed reinforced concrete floors and columns will eventually be filled in with the Alabama Silver Shadow limestone facade, once disassembly reaches street level. The bottom of the elevator shaft sits in the future motor courtyard space between the main skyscraper and the 18-story annex dubbed, “The Villas.” This section will only have 10 units with the main building housing 108 units.

“The Villas” seen from Central Park. Photo by Michael Young

The exterior mechanical elevator shaft rising from the future motor courtyard. The Villas are located in the back. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, work on the stone facade along 58th street is nearly finished, and the large symmetrical pair of garage doors leading to underground parking are now in place. Glimpsing through the decorative polished gates, one can see the brightly illuminated 20-foot wide driveway with large blocks of limestone and gray-colored marble on both sides. Stone pavers are laid in a diagonal grid and blend with the overall warm color scheme of the enclosed vehicular passageway.

The large garage doors along 58th Street are now in place. Photo by Michael Young

The long hallway can be seen through the decorative gates. Photo by Michael Young

Aside from the remaining eastern curtain wall to be installed, the final exterior touches for 220 Central Park South include the vertical string of balconies on the northern elevation, and the custom handrails. Ken Griffin’s future $238 million dollar quadruplex is almost completely enclosed behind the large floor-to-ceiling glass panels. With 16 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms,  uninterrupted views of Central Park from the 24,000 behemoth can be enjoyed from the five balconies and outdoor terrace.

Completion of 220 Central Park South looks like it will happen by the end of this year.

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9 Comments on "220 Central Park South’s Exterior Mechanical Elevator Coming Down, in Midtown"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: I’m not prejudiced against progress because I like progress. Progress on its presence that you were willing to see. (Thanks to Michael Young)

  2. Please pardon my using of your space: a new era begins.

  3. Please pardon my space usage: Glad to see this is still making progress, it really seemed to slow the past few months.

  4. Pardon me for using your space, thank you for details on development.

  5. 220 Central Park, 953′, is super expensive and obstructed from their South by Much Taller Supertall Central Park Tower of 1550′, also in my opinion the Downtown 30 Park Place, 928′ of same architect is more attractive, is a true masterpiece, located next to Classical Woolworth Building. But 220 Central Park is only attractive from Parkside, from Central Park, from Columbus Circle, from Times Warner Center, maybe from NY Plaza Hotel area. But from South, is almost fully obstructed, and in additionally, I don’t know a true reason to built Central Park Tower of 1550′ just across West 58 street 220 Central Park West southern facade. Only to create fully dark supertall canyon here, for future expanding it to the East????
    However it’s already precedent here, just a block away, behind Carnegie Hall, a cluster of 3 big towers 752′, 780′ and 814′. But this one 953′ and 1550’…
    But this is a NEW New York City Midtown, Downtown Reality, even in Downtown Brooklyn and in LIC, a clusters of new tall skyscrapers, creating mini canyons between them!!!

  6. 220 Central Park South is a correct street address, I mentioned above as 220 CP west, what is wrong, meaning southern facade, they should rename it for less confusion, especially with taller supertall Central Park Tower. Then across the Street, 220 Central Park South, and if you add a word “tower”, then you make a full confusion.
    Maybe it should be named as “limestone elephant”, or Rename it after TW will depart from TWC, as TWC will be One And Two Columbus Circle and This will be as 10 Columbus Circle. Trump Hotel will be as 4 Columbus Circle and New Museum will be as 5 Columbus. Can be named as “Giraffe at the Park”, it’s looks like.

    • I find it hard to believe that the old Gulf & Western Building is still referred to as the Trump Hotel. I thought that by now someone would have pried off the heinous letters “Trump” from this dubious building.

    • Random Brooklynite | February 27, 2019 at 10:52 am | Reply

      TWC (soon to be Deutsche Bank Center) is already listed as 10 Columbus Circle; Likewise Trump Hotel (no they haven’t peeled the letters off yet; 40 Wall St/the Trump Building also suffers from this indignity) is officially 15 Columbus Circle (though Trump readdressed it is 1 Central Park West for advertising purposes in the 90’s).

      That said the overall idea is sound as the current address system is a bit messy, though nowhere near as bad as penn plaza.

  7. This Robert A. M. Stern masterpiece is much more visually acceptable than the
    Central Park Tower behind it directly across the street. Stern’s buildings will retain their bonafides decades after their glass-sheathed counterparts bore everyone’s eyes to death.

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