Work Wraps on Robert A.M. Stern’s 250 West 81st Street, on the Upper West Side

250 West 81st Street, by Williams New York

Scaffolding for 250 West 81st Street on the Upper West Side has been completely dismantled as work on the 18-story building comes to a close. The bright-colored limestone and brick curtain wall at the corner of West 81st Street and Broadway now stands unobstructed in the sunlight. The 209-foot-tall residential tower is designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects while Hill West Architects is the architect of record. Alchemy Properties is the developer while Stribling Marketing Associates is managing sales for the building’s 31 condominiums, which will average 2,700 square feet apiece. These will consist of two- to five-bedroom units with prices ranging from $3.8 million to $15.7 million. The site is located two blocks from the 1 train at the 79th Street subway station.

Recent photos below show the elegant exterior that blends with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhood.

The southern elevation seen from Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

The eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The eastern corner of 250 West 81st Street. Photo by Michael Young

Details on the upper floor of the curtain wall reflect the sunlight. Photo by Michael Young

The northern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The canopy above the front doors. Photo by Michael Young

The main entrance on West 81st Street. Photo by Michael Young

The building features a number of handsome details, especially on the upper floors and around its gold-colored front doors. Near the top, an array of staggered cornice lines and miniature setbacks create landscaped outdoor terraces. Punctured windows, some framed with outlines of stone, and other ornamental touches accentuate the crown and corners. These appointments lend the structure a distinctive appearance that is also immediately recognizable as the work of Robert A.M. Stern. The warm color palette also blends nicely with the adjacent apartment towers.

Below are interior shots of the model unit, courtesy of Alchemy Properties.

The floor plan of the model unit.

The dining area and living room.

The dining area.

The living room.

The kitchen.

The master bedroom.

A double vanity in the master bathroom.

A secondary bedroom.

A children’s bedroom.

Move-ins began in January and only two units remain for sale.

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13 Comments on "Work Wraps on Robert A.M. Stern’s 250 West 81st Street, on the Upper West Side"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Rigid, rigor, rime, rim, ring, rip, modern rising, rite, rival, rinse. Find it! (Thanks to Michael Young)

  2. Emory Roth would be proud as this building echoes his design ethic.

  3. What’s not to love?

  4. It feels kinda dull but I like the interiors.

  5. It turned out very well to be honest! We need more stony buildings in NYC

  6. Just another playground for the rich. We’re leaving, so soon you can have New York all to yourself!

  7. What’s the name of this style with the little arches near the top?

  8. Wow, they start at 3.8 million. How can so many people afford these prices. That would require an annual income of almost $1 million.

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