Construction Rises on Hotel Conversion at 224 West 47th Street in Times Square, Manhattan

Rendering courtesy of Gene Kaufman Architect

Construction is progressing on 224 West 47th Street, a 25-story hotel tower at the northern end of Times Square, Manhattan. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and developed by McSam Hotel Group, the project involves the conversion and expansion of an 11-story bank building from the 1920s into a 136-room Cambria Suites hotel. GK West 47th LLC is listed as the owner and Omnibuild is the general contractor for the Midtown property, which is located on a narrow interior lot between the pedestrianized plazas along Broadway to the east and Eighth Avenue to the west.

Recent photographs show the original building covered in scaffolding and black netting as the reinforced concrete expansion rises above its roof parapet. Crews are nearing the halfway mark on the addition, and could potentially reach the parapet by early spring.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

The below Google Street View image shows the original building before work began.

Image via Google Maps

The rendering in the main photo previews the restored look of the original structure’s brick cladding and grid of windows with dark mullions. The masonry envelope on the flat eastern wall extends vertically to the addition, which features a façade of reflective metal paneling and square windows with earth-toned frames. The upper floors incorporate multiple setbacks lined with glass railings and a cantilevering volume topped with a protruding cornice. The expansion culminates in a mechanical bulkhead wrapped in ventilation grilles.

The nearest subways from the property are the N, R, and W trains at the 49th Street station.

YIMBY anticipates 224 West 47th Street will complete construction sometime near the end of this year.

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9 Comments on "Construction Rises on Hotel Conversion at 224 West 47th Street in Times Square, Manhattan"

  1. Why would anyone stay in that neighborhood? It is incredibly noisy at night and it’s really hard to get a good night’s sleep. My stays for work at the W and Westin nearby were awful for that reason.

  2. Looks like the W’s “little brother” wants to show some muscle?! 🤔🤣

  3. Excellent! Good to see the moratorium broken.

  4. David in Bushwick | January 28, 2024 at 2:08 pm | Reply

    This is how you do it. Even the design of the addition above isn’t bad at all. Good job, Gene.

  5. David : Sent From Heaven. | January 29, 2024 at 9:49 am | Reply

    The exterior of the building is simply breathtaking, every detail reflects the glamour and elegance of Times Square: Thanks.

  6. Anyone know what’s up with the W? Are some floors being renovated? It looks like construction lighting from the street.

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