First Look: A Legacy Deconstructed

Had “starchitect” been part of the popular lexicon in Ralph Walker’s day, he would have definitely fit the description. The American master builder (1889–1973), who designed skyscrapers and elaborate Deco interiors that changed the skylines of Manhattan and Chicago, is being celebrated with a new book, Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century,published by Rizzoli this fall,…

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Walker Tower 212 West 18th Street by JDS Development Group & Michael Stern

Ralph Walker Renaissance

Architect Ralph Walker designed the Art Deco New York Telephone Company building in 1929 with ornamentation and proportions that complemented its tall and impressive structure, defining skyscrapers for his time. Walker Tower is now being beautifully revitalized by JDS Development Group with new luxury condos starting on the eighth floor of the building. While taking…

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Chelsea’s Sleeping Giant Remade as Luxury Condos With 14-Foot Ceilings

Back in the post-crash days of ’09, a rumor hit the ‘wire that the Art Deco Ralph Walker-designed Verizon building on West 18th Street near 7th Avenue was bought by a developer for a future condo conversion. (Background check: Walker is the old-school New York architect behind 1 Wall Street and the Barclay-Vesey Building; Frank Lloyd Wright was a fan.) DOF records…

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