220 Central Park South’s Exterior Mechanical Elevator Coming Down, in Midtown

220 Central Park South with the elevator comingn down on the eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Construction on 220 Central Park South is starting to wrap up, as the exterior mechanical elevator is finally being disassembled. The 67-story residential tower will contain 593,000 square feet of prime real estate, and stands 950 feet tall above Midtown and Central Park South. Robert A. M. Stern Architects is the lead architect while SLCE Architects is the executive architect. Vornado Realty Trust is the developer of the nearly $3.4 billion dollar project. Interiors are being designed by Thierry W. Despont.

Close-up of the disassembling elevator on the eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Looking from Central Park, the elevator on the eastern facade is quickly coming down floor by floor. The remaining exposed reinforced concrete floors and columns will eventually be filled in with the Alabama Silver Shadow limestone facade, once disassembly reaches street level. The bottom of the elevator shaft sits in the future motor courtyard space between the main skyscraper and the 18-story annex dubbed, “The Villas.” This section will only have 10 units with the main building housing 108 units.

“The Villas” seen from Central Park. Photo by Michael Young

The exterior mechanical elevator shaft rising from the future motor courtyard. The Villas are located in the back. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, work on the stone facade along 58th street is nearly finished, and the large symmetrical pair of garage doors leading to underground parking are now in place. Glimpsing through the decorative polished gates, one can see the brightly illuminated 20-foot wide driveway with large blocks of limestone and gray-colored marble on both sides. Stone pavers are laid in a diagonal grid and blend with the overall warm color scheme of the enclosed vehicular passageway.

The large garage doors along 58th Street are now in place. Photo by Michael Young

The long hallway can be seen through the decorative gates. Photo by Michael Young

Aside from the remaining eastern curtain wall to be installed, the final exterior touches for 220 Central Park South include the vertical string of balconies on the northern elevation, and the custom handrails. Ken Griffin’s future $238 million dollar quadruplex is almost completely enclosed behind the large floor-to-ceiling glass panels. With 16 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms,  uninterrupted views of Central Park from the 24,000 behemoth can be enjoyed from the five balconies and outdoor terrace.

Completion of 220 Central Park South looks like it will happen by the end of this year.

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