Documents Confirm 1,522-Foot Parapet Height for 217 West 57th Street, aka Nordstrom Tower

57th Street SkylineThe future 57th Street Skyline, 217 West 57th next to 220 Central Park South, at right

The permitting process surrounding high-profile projects is becoming increasingly convoluted, with ‘dummy filings’ now commonly submitted prior to actual new building applications. This is particularly true at 217 West 57th Street, which still doesn’t have any on-site renderings. But luckily some new supporting documents have been filed with the city, revealing what appear to be the actual height numbers for the tower’s parapet and roof, confirming it will become the country’s tallest building.

The documents show the building’s curtain wall will top out at 1,521.83 feet above street level, meaning 217 West 57th Street will officially stand 71 feet taller than Chicago’s Willis Tower, the country’s current title holder of ‘tallest roof,’ ahead of 432 Park Avenue and One World Trade Center.

A floor count is also now available, and the tower will rise 95 stories.

Supporting documents via the DOB

Supporting documents screen-grab via the DOB

Besides minor adjustments at the very top, the numbers are all very close to the figures YIMBY had previously reported (which had ranged from 1,478 to 1,530 feet), though even a difference of only one foot could be significant with regards to the rankings, as Nordstrom’s spire may or may not be slated to stand 1,775 feet tall. Anything above that would make it officially taller than One World Trade Center.

Unlike its Downtown rival, 217 West 57th Street will greatly assist the pedestrian experience in its respective neighborhood, as its first couple hundred feet will house a Nordstrom rather than the equivalent of a bunker; floorplans for the store are also available in the new filings. Above that, condominiums will predominate.

Construction work is already making major headway, and opening of the supertall is expected in 2018, though its impact on the skyline should begin to be felt by next year. Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill are the design architects, and Extell is developing.

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