The Lustrous History of Steinway Hall + See Progress on its Supertall Annex, 111 West 57th

JDS Development Group and Property Market Group’s supertall tower at 111 West 57th Street will stand adjacent to Warren & Wetmore’s landmarked Steinway Hall. The developers of the skyscraper are restoring the neighboring 10-story Steinway Hall with a revival of its limestone façade. Designed in 1925, Steinway Hall carries a rich history. It begins with Heinrich E. Steinweg Sr., the owner of an instrument and piano shop in Germany. His son Charles moved to New York in 1849 and founded Steinway and Sons, a piano manufacturing firm located at 85 Varick Street. With the opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891, Central Park south became a hub for leading musical centers, and the firm set out to build a structure on 57th Street. They hired Warren and Wetmore, the architecture firm that designed Grand Central Station. The result was a beautiful neo-classical tower with a limestone facade, today known and landmarked as Steinway Hall. In 2013, Steinway transferred its lease to JDS, and the piano firm relocated to 1133 Sixth Avenue in 2016. JDS has since initiated a project on the site, using the air rights from Steinway Hall to accommodate a neighboring tower featuring a curtain of glass, terra cotta, and bronze filigree. Together, the tower and newly refurbished Steinway Hall will become one of New York City’s iconic pairings of old and new.

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​Michael Stern’s JDS scores Miami’s largest condo construction loan in nearly a year​

Madison Realty Capital, a real estate investor and lender based in New York, provided a $137 construction loan for Michael Stern’s JDS Development condominium project on South Beach in Miami, Monad Terrace. Partnering with New Valley, Ackerman Development and Mink Development, JDS launched sales of the 59-unit building in February 2017. According to Stern, construction will soon go vertical with an expected completion date of fall 2019. “Large construction loans in Florida right now are few and far between and this speaks to the quality of the project and the vision of the lender,” Stern explained. Residences at Monad Terrace range from 1,500 square feet to 5,350 square feet and prices start at $1.7 million. Climbing gardens, reflecting pools, and large terraces overlooking the bay uniquely characterize the building.

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Tapering begins as 111 West 57th Street reaches for 1,428-foot pinnacles

Construction on 111 West 57th Street has reached its first setback on the 45th floor. SHoP Architect’s design for the project features 12 setbacks, with a transparent glass curtain on the northern and southern facades, and terracotta cladding and bronze latticework on the eastern and western facades. The terracotta façade is installed up to the 33rd floor, and already proving to interact with the sun to create interesting shadows and reflections of light. In order to minimize the movement and vibrations of the tower, an 800-ton tuned mass damper will top off the project. The damper at 111 West 57th Street weighs the equivalent of three and a half Statues of Liberties, making its mark as the heaviest in the world. The 1,428-foot tower will house 60 condominiums, with prices ranging between $15.5 million and $59 million.

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111 West 57th Street by JDS Development Group & Michael Stern

111 West 57th Street Officially Surpasses Halfway Point In Rise To 1,428′ Pinnacle

The renderings of 111 West 57th Street are becoming a reality. The luxury new development project, developed by JDS Development Group and designed by SHoP Architects, is poised to become the third-tallest skyscraper in New York City and tallest, most slender skyscraper in the world with a width to height ratio of 24:1. The tower is over halfway to its total height of 1,428 feet. The terracotta, bronze, and glass facade of 111W57 is now visible from the street as the tower continues to stake its visual claim from Central Park. For the design of the façade, SHoP Architects combined materiality and proportions of Manhattan’s most prized historic skyscrapers with intelligent design and technology. The deep profiles and pattern of the terracotta create a sweeping play of light and shadow up the east and west facades. The 82-story supertall tower rises adjacent to historic Steinway Hall, a New York City landmark, and houses sixty new condominium residences with dramatic views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan.

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111 West 57th Street Continues Rising As Glass, Bronze, And Terracotta Begin To Glisten

JDS Development Group’s 111 West 57th Street has made substantial construction progress as the 1,428-foot tower climbs into prominence in the Midtown Manhattan skyline. The curtain wall installation is well underway and visible from the street, with glass on the north and south facades and the supertall’s signature terracotta and bronze along the east and west facades. The project will soon break through the so-called “Midtown-Plateau” to take its place as one of the tallest residential skyscrapers in New York City. Designed by SHoP Architects, the tower will be the third tallest in New York City and one of the most slender skyscrapers in the world at a width to height ration of 1:24.

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Steinway Hall’s restored facade is revealed as supertall construction progresses

As progress on 111 West 57th Street continues apace, major construction milestones are being revealed at last. The JDS Development project, designed by SHoP Architects, combines the conservation of Steinway Hall, the landmarked 1925 structure, with the addition of an ultraslim, ultratall luxury residential tower that will top out at 1,421 feet and be clad in bronze and ceramic panels. Steinway Hall’s newly restored limestone exterior is the latest sign that the meticulous restoration of this historic landmark is nearing completion. JDS’s Instagram feed has revealed extraordinary bird’s-eye views of scaffolding being removed to unveil the ornate facade and the shimmering copper roof. Ultimately, the historic Steinway Hall structure will become a grand point of entry for the new residents of 111 West 57th Street.

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SHoP’s (Expanding) House

Since their show-stopping design for the Barclays Center turned an international design spotlight on SHoP Architects in 2013, the firm has been creating a range of innovative new residential projects in New York, including several major projects for JDS Development Group. JDS founder Michael Stern reached out to the SHoP team in 2013, noting with admiration that he had wanted to “meet the lunatics” who had designed Barclays. He was especially impressed that for a project under a great deal of scrutiny, and with complex politics involved, SHoP had made bold aesthetic choices rather than playing it safe. Four years later, JDS and SHoP have undertaken several high-profile projects together, including the ultratall 111 West 57th Street, which combines the landmarked Steinway Building with a sleek new tower clad in light-colored ceramics and brass. On the East River Waterfront, the firms have collaborated on the eye-catching American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue. And in another collaboration that deftly weaves a historic building into a new project, the luxury rentals at 9 DeKalb Avenue, which sit adjacent to the landmarked Dime Savings Bank, will soon be in Brooklyn’s tallest residential tower.

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111 West 57th Street Comes Into View: Supertall Emerges on Central Park Skyline

The southern boundary of Central Park—otherwise known as “Billionaires’ Row”—is preparing for the completion of several high-profile luxury condo residences, including JDS Development’s 111 West 57th Street. Built adjacent to the landmarked Steinway Building, 111 West 57th is ​one of the most anticipated because of its magnificent heights. The SHoP Architects-designed tower is 82 stories tall, and it is the world’s ​slenderest h​igh-rise. Its exterior is sheathed in a luxurious terra-cotta and glass-curtain wall with bronze-filigree elements. 111 West 57th houses 46 full-floor and duplex residences with ceiling heights ​up to 14 feet ​and spectacular views of Central Park. Apartments range from $14 million to nearly $100 million.

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NYC real estate loves old tricks for new homes

Expert woodworkers, stained glass artisans, and marble carvers are as busy as ever in New York City, thanks to the robust demand for the restoration of historic architectural details in the city’s housing stock. In 1965, right around the time that buyers began renovating brownstones in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Landmarks Preservation Commission was established, ensuring that historic neighborhoods would retain much of their original character. Developers, for their part, have found ingenious ways to combine preservation projects with new buildings, sometimes within a single complex construction initiative. At 111 West 57th Street, JDS Development is restoring the landmarked lobby of the Steinway Building, while a new, ultraslim tower housing 60 luxury Midtown residences will rise above it. And at JDS’s nearby Stella Tower on West 50th Street, eight craftsmen worked to restore the geometric “crown” that sits atop the classic art deco building. According to Marci Clark, JDS’s architectural historian, the benefits are twofold: “We want to make a building shine to its best possible capacity,” she says. “Not only to provide a premier living experience for residents, but also for New Yorkers to enjoy as they walk past.”

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