RAMSA’s 220 Central Park South Nears Full Completion, in Midtown

220 Central Park South, designed by Robert A. M. Stern.

It appears that Robert A. M. Stern Architects‘ 220 Central Park South is finally reaching full completion. The 950-foot-tall, 67-story residential skyscraper tower stands between Seventh Avenue and Columbus Circle and features 593,000 square feet of some of the most expensive living space in New York City. Vornado Realty Trust is the developer of the $1.4-billion-dollar project and expects a $3.4 billion sellout. SLCE Architects is the executive architect, while Thierry W. Despont is the interior designer.

220 Central Park South. Photo by Tectonic

Recent photos from Tectonic show “The Villas,” the 18-story annex of 220 Central Park South, externally finished. Like many of the architect’s other projects in the city, the limestone-clad structure features a genteel design and a setback-laden massing reminiscent of the pre-war buildings along Central Park South that have stood for nearly a century. The symmetrical balconies incorporate black railings in front of floor-to-ceiling windows, adding additional charm to the classical fenestration. Work should be wrapping up on the motor courtyard and other minor portions of the ground-floor façade on the southern elevation.

220 Central Park South. Photo by Tectonic

220 Central Park South. Photo by Tectonic

220 Central Park South. Photo by Tectonic

220 Central Park South. Photo by Tectonic

220 Central Park South is Robert A. M. Stern’s tallest skyscraper in New York City, eclipsing his other similar creation, 30 Park Place in Lower Manhattan, by 24 feet. The sculpted crowns of both edifices are illuminated with a number of spotlights, highlighting their distinct appearance on opposite ends of the Manhattan skyline. Golden hour lighting over the city also warmly illuminates 220 Central Park South’s stone façade, furthering the contrast between the classically inspired building and its modern, glass-clad neighbors.

Work on 220 Central Park South is expected to finish before the end of 2020.

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7 Comments on "RAMSA’s 220 Central Park South Nears Full Completion, in Midtown"

  1. David in Bushwick | April 29, 2020 at 8:44 am | Reply

    Another beautiful, superbly detailed creation by Stern. Viewed from the west, the tower is impossibly thin. The crown had many different designs but this ends up being the best. Again, Stern’s buildings can somehow be finished with beautiful limestone while other skypricks get cheap glass. Strangely, having the Nordstrom Tower adjacent, compliments both towers.

    • Notice the Nordstrom tower is missing from the rendering. Both buildings were in development around the same time, but it’s common for developers to exclude a rival’s project from their renderings.

  2. R. Scott Akins | April 29, 2020 at 9:52 am | Reply

    I prefer the scale of the original.
    Limestone may help on the new one.

  3. Absolutely beautiful!

    Love the architectural detailing, and how it comments the historic building on the right. But it also makes the generic building on the left look so dated!

    I look forward to checking out this latest addition to the city, on my next visit. ?

  4. This might be far down on the list of “tragedies”, but how many who could have possibly afforded to live here in say January, are in a different situation today?

    • Any current down situations should be temporary. Hopefully very temporary. Keep in mind many economies worldwide were strong(especially ours), which were intentionally crashed by their governments. Unprecedented. So the strong economic drivers should still be there when we all get to live again, though it wont be overnight.

  5. The limestone facade is especially welcome on the periphery of Central Park. The finely detailed brick and masonry wall of buildings around the park is a great aesthetic amenity in itself and this building fits into that context perfectly.

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