115 East 55th Street’s Stone Façade Shapes Up in Midtown East, Manhattan

115 East 55th Street. Rendering by SLCE Architects

Exterior work is moving along on 115 East 55th Street, an 18-story residential building in Midtown East. Designed by SLCE Architects for Zeckendorf Development, the 185-foot-tall, 71,961-square-foot structure will yield 62 units. The property is located between Park and Lexington Avenues, directly adjacent to the rear of Norman Foster‘s 47-story, 660,000-square-foot 425 Park Avenue.

Since our last update in late March, the reinforced concrete superstructure has topped out and work has shifted to the installation of the warm-colored stone façade, which now covers much of the main southern elevation.

115 East 55th Street. Photo by Michael Young

115 East 55th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The following photos show the details in the prewar-inspired stone panels that are being individually hung into place using a telescopic boom crane. Several other pieces of the fenestration have arrived on flatbeds and are awaiting installation. The windows have yet to be fitted into the large square voids, and we expect this to begin once most of the exterior is enclosed.

115 East 55th Street. Photo by Michael Young

115 East 55th Street. Photo by Michael Young

115 East 55th Street. Photo by Michael Young

115 East 55th Street. Photo by Michael Young

115 East 55th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Other decorative elements in the exterior design include thick cornices, dark metal railings placed in front of several Juliet balconies, and an elegantly curved canopy over the main entrance along East 55th Street. Renderings also depict landscaped terraces on the setbacks, which are placed next to parts of the building enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the upper final floors. All 62 homes are expected to be spread over 59,819 square feet. Each of these would average 964 square feet. The property is also planned to feature a cellar and a private 30-foot-long rear yard. Finally, it looks like the extended mechanical units atop the roof parapet will be covered with a very tight assembly of horizontal grilles, surrounded by shrubs on the northern and southern sides.

115 East 55th Street is set to be finished next March.

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9 Comments on "115 East 55th Street’s Stone Façade Shapes Up in Midtown East, Manhattan"

  1. Nelly Rivera | June 6, 2021 at 9:17 am | Reply

    Beautiful building is there going to have some units for low income

  2. The streetscape in the rendering shows small medium and large buildings next to each other. However the chronology of the construction of each is not in order. 115 E 55th is and echo of the 1920s but is vintage 2021.

  3. David in Bushwick | June 6, 2021 at 9:50 am | Reply

    Just walked by this. It’s really quite well done and a very welcomed antidote to the ubiquitous cheap glass box.

  4. Lovely!

  5. David : Sent From Heaven. | June 6, 2021 at 9:59 pm | Reply

    Design getting going on the building with your photos showing, so opening beautiful facade into heavenly construction: Thanks to Michael Young.

  6. Amazing location. Beautiful building.

  7. The little guy squished between the two high-rises is reminiscent of the finale of the 1987 movie “*batteries not included.”

  8. The top of this building reminds me of those refrigerators one sees in old movies. I suppose few can see it from the street. Otherwise, it seems attractive.

  9. While one can’t expect a RAMS mechanical penthouse treatment, this one could have been much better executed. That said, it’s a beautiful building.

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