Born of a Beaux Arts vision for civilized urban dwelling, the Upper West Side was shaped by architects who laid the foundations of its landmarked buildings. Their revivalist architecture conferred a European sophistication that made uptown addresses among the most coveted in Manhattan. 207 West 79th Street extends the lineage of the Upper West Side into the present with a building designed for contemporary living. Morris Adjmi Architects upholds the grandeur of this landmarked district by looking to the pedigree of architectural archetypes that make the Upper West Side the quintessential New York neighborhood.
Richly textured facades lend the Upper West Side’s grand residential buildings their unique character. At 207 West 79th Street, Morris Adjmi Architects nodded to the decorative flourishes on surrounding buildings by designing terracotta panels that catch light and shadow in organic relief. Traditional limestone masonry at the base gives way to buff-toned brickwork, effecting subtle shifts in scale as the building rises to the Art Deco–inspired cornice detailing that crowns it at its top. Operable casement-style windows are overscaled and wrap around corners to offer multiple vantage points and maximize light. Pattern, texture, and scale work in concert to create an elegant facade that pays homage to its historic neighbors, while proudly taking its place among them.
This newest addition to the Upper West Side fabric features 19 half- and full-floor residences and an elegant, 24-hour attended lobby finished with marble mosaic tiles and hardwood paneling. Residents enjoy the convenience of the on-site fitness studio, bike and storage areas, as well as a playroom.
Design elements of the building’s exterior are reflected in its lobby details and residence interiors—public foyers are embellished with custom wallpaper based on the design of the facade’s terracotta panels. Master bathrooms are tiled in an Empire-style rattan pattern in marble and porcelain, with Bianco Bello marble walls and countertops, vanities with micro-architectural fluting and faceting on the brushed nickel Lefroy Brooks fixtures. In the other bathrooms hive tile Calacatta marble accent walls, Bianco Beatriz vein-cut walls and vanities, and Calacatta tiling patterns that subtly echo the organic design of the building’s terracotta facade panels.
Every room displays the building’s nuanced mastery of materials and motif. A thoroughly modern residential building, deeply inspired by the scale, materials, and decorative elements of its historic precedents.
Combining the classic appeal of a pre-war residence with the expansive spaces of modern loft living, the interiors at 207 West 79th Street possess an air of relaxed refinement. These elegant and contemporary living spaces recalibrate the standard for gracious living on today’s Upper West Side.