Robert A. M. Stern Architects’ 1165 Madison Avenue, aka The Bellemont, Begins Ascent on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

1165 Madison Avenue. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects

Construction is rising on 1165 Madison Avenue, a 13-story residential building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Robert A. M. Stern Architects is the design architect, SLCE Architects as the architect or record, and Naftali Group is the developer of the 67,680-square-foot structure, now known as The Bellemont, will stand 210 feet tall and yield 12 condominiums spread across 58,919 square feet, as well as 3,749 square feet of retail space. Titanium Construction Services is the general contractor for the project, which is located at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 86th Street.

At the time of our last update in June, excavation and foundation work was still underway at the site. Now the reinforced concrete superstructure stands four stories above ground.

1165 Madison Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The arched windows that line the second story of 1165 Madison Avenue are being temporarily supported with wooden formwork. Each of these windows will be lined with dark metal railings. Workers were also spotted assembling the perimeter walls with steel rebar. The concrete molds are placed along the northern side of the building, while wooden beams frame the outline of the square floor-to-ceiling windows.

1165 Madison Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

1165 Madison Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

1165 Madison Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

1165 Madison Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The renderings show the western façade of 1165 Madison Avenue and highlight the numerous setbacks on its upper half. These would act as private terraces for a select number of residences. Surrounding the windows is a light-colored exterior of stone with subtle variations in the color and shading. The structure is topped with a decorative multifaceted crown with a set of circular openings and tall windows. YIMBY was told that the design was inspired by Queen Ann style architecture.

1165 Madison Avenue, Designed by SLCE Architects

A list of residential amenities has yet to be disclosed. 1165 Madison Avenue is slated for completion next summer, as stated on the on-site construction board.

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20 Comments on "Robert A. M. Stern Architects’ 1165 Madison Avenue, aka The Bellemont, Begins Ascent on Manhattan’s Upper East Side"

  1. I hear it’s nice to be rich..

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | October 24, 2021 at 9:12 am | Reply

    Details on developing from your report, as well as photos show its work in progress. A decorative multifaceted crown with a set of circular openings, and tall windows: Thanks to Michael Young.

  3. I’m assuming the neighboring building tenants will have to adjust to opening their windows to a concrete wall? Hopefully, they won’t be trapped in their apartments, should a fire occur?!😨

    • Otherwise known as the way the entire city developed? Even buildings with the luxury of lot-line windows for decades can and will eventually have a neighboring lot see a development that will cover them. Unless there is some sort of air rights preservation or zoning forbids a certain height, this will be the case.

  4. Even Robert Stern doesn’t have a patent on a particular ‘style’, though your comment here would almost make you think his work is being plagiarized 🙂

  5. Yes! Another lovely prewar design by SLCE.

  6. David in Bushwick | October 24, 2021 at 11:19 am | Reply

    The first few construction photos are rather interesting in a reverse time warp showing an “old style” building being built next to post-war dullards.

  7. Enough with the pseudo-prewar neoclassical nonsense. I can understand not wanting glass boxes, but these go too far the other way.

    • I get the sentiment, I do. But id rather see this any day over some of the other options out there.

    • You can never have too much RAMSA in NYC.

    • Twenty years from now people will have difficulty distinguishing Stern from Candela, and fifty years from now it will no longer matter. By then they will all be part of the city’s unique architectural patrimony, some built earlier and some later.

  8. Another new gem for the East Side courtesy of Stern and the gang. Keep it up…you’re on a roll.

  9. Is it just me or does that guy with the shopping cart look like a trust funder playing slumming it pretend time?

  10. Some real class in a sea of banality

  11. Sorry, neighbors, you are losing all your views.

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