400 West 57th Street is an old architectural gem that stands at the western corner of West 57th Street and Ninth Avenue in the Manhattan neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. The eight-story edifice, although worn out and in need of restoration, features a beautiful fenestration of red and white brick masonry, gently bulging bay windows, arched casements, a handsome cornice with one pediment on the northern roofline, and a number of detailed running bonds showing the intricate hand-laid craftsmanship. This was formally called The Windermere but has been left to deteriorate since the end of the 20th century.
A couple of photos from Tectonic show that the site still looks untouched since last summer’s update. The ground-floor doors and windows are still boarded up, while a green construction wall stands along the sidewalk on the northern elevation.
Years of abandonment made the property fall into neglect and disrepair, as it became a place for homeless squatters that have come and gone. The outside was previously covered in scaffolding, which was removed for the first time a few years ago. Political drama and hazy plans for redevelopment are responsible for making the revival of this once nearly forgotten New York relic a slow task.
It’s also unclear what happened to the owners, which YIMBY last reported to have left for Japan. No definitive reports show what will become of the interiors, which are most likely all gutted out at this point. It would be nice to see 400 West 57th Street converted into a mix of residential and affordable living with ground-floor retail at street level.
We still don’t know when work on 400 West 57th Street will be completed.