As the Landmarks Preservation Commission resumes its review of construction applications, a slew of newly proposed developments have come to light. One of these projects includes a major retrofit of the former Hotel Wales at 1295 Madison Avenue in Carnegie Hill, Manhattan.
Adellco, LLC, the entity responsible for the project, has partnered with Form4 Design Studio and Higgins Quasebarth to oversee design and preservation of the structure. When complete, the historic hotel will debut as a condominium building with 21 homes.
Located at the corner of 92nd Street and Madison Avenue, the century-old structure currently stands ten stories tall and is revered for its ornate terra cotta and limestone façade. To the delight of preservationists, and quite possibly members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, developers do not intend to alter much of the building’s existing exterior or modify its height.
The proposed scope of work includes the repair of ground-floor stucco elements, refurbishing the existing façade where necessary, and the removal of some ladder structures attached to a few remaining fire escapes. Beyond the replacement of existing windows to help improve insulation, the only noticeable exterior modifications are the installation of new entablature above the existing cornices at the roof of the building.
The most drastic alterations will take place at the roof of the structure, where the project team has proposed a full-floor enlargement of the existing penthouse including an infill of existing roof skylights open to levels below. Mechanical systems required to support a residential building of this scale would bring the new height of the building to approximately 129 feet.