Construction and installation of the facade at 109 East 79th Street is nearing completion and will soon be completed as a 20-story residential building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The 210-foot-tall structure is designed by Steven Harris Architects and developed by Legion Investment Group. Inside, there will be 145,000 square feet and a total of 31 condominiums ranging from two to five bedrooms. Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group’s Cathy Franklin team leads the property’s sales and marketing with prices ranging from $5.5 million for a two-bedroom residence to $35 million for a full-story penthouse with its own private roof terrace. Cauldwell Wingate is the general contractor and Rees Roberts + Partners is the interior and landscape designer for the building, located between Lexington and Park Avenues on the north side of East 79th Street.
Scaffolding has been removed from the top floors of the reinforced concrete structure since YIMBY’s previous article, revealing five long balconies perched above East 79th Street that all sit below the flat roof parapet. They will have dark decorative metal railings and slender corner posts that slope down to the setback defined by the thick cornice line set above the grid of rectangular and bay windows. It looks like trees have been planted on the expansive private roof terrace with some of the branches subtly visible as they sway in the breeze. Sidewalk scaffolding still covers the ground floor of 109 East 79th Street, this should probably be dismantled as soon as the work above is nearly complete.
Here we see a glimpse of the north side of the building from Lexington Avenue. The black netting and metal scaffolding spotted in our latest update is now removed from the mechanical bulkhead, while the exterior hoist has been disassembled and shows a nice clean finish for the brick facade set between a more streamlined window grille .
Below are exterior renderings that showcase the Art Deco, Mid-Century, and Bauhaus-inspired styles implemented on the fluted limestone walls, casement windows, and masonry brick walls. The main entrance will be lined with Pietra di Torre stone inspired by Milan’s Villa Necchi Campiglio, as well as slender bronze capitals paying homage to Philip Johnson’s mid-century canopy for the original Four Seasons restaurant. Directly above will be a large gold-colored illuminated expressionist glass mural designed by artist Mig Perkins and flanked by a pair of topiary trees with foliage in the shape of a rectangular volume.
Homes will feature large entertaining and dining areas with ceiling heights reaching 20 feet high, while some units feature the classic lowered living room layout. The kitchens are meticulously crafted and crafted with custom hand painted Italian cabinetry; polished nickel trim and brushed and split-hewn white oak walls; polished Imperial Danby marble countertops and backsplashes; and bespoke stainless steel islands finished with Nordic Gray marble slabs. Master bathrooms are lined with Olympic Danby marble, custom vanities, and fluted glass shower enclosures with an Art Deco influence. Meanwhile, a number of units are getting freestanding tubs. Cool gray tones of Mayan quartzite are found in the powder rooms. Tucked away at the rear of the property are private landscaped gardens which will include a water wall designed by Mig Perkins.
Residential amenities include a double-height entrance hall leading to an adjacent lounge and library overlooking the landscaped garden; a double-height fitness center designed by The Wright Fit with garden views, an international squash court and a multipurpose sports court with a retractable basketball hoop, a movement studio with Pilates and Gyrotonic equipment; a spa with treatment cabins, hammam, sauna, hairdresser; a screening room; a golf simulator; and a fully equipped games room.
The occupancy at 109 East 79th Street was last reported this summer.
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