New York, NY
Architecture and Interior Design
This legendary 1927 residential hotel, once home to Grace Kelly and Greta Garbo, has been restored to its Art Deco splendor. CetraRuddy's historically sensitive restoration and adaptive re-use received landmark designation from the New York City Landmarks Commission in 2012, after project completion. Work included restoration and recreation of existing iconic brick-and-stone detailing, the addition of ornamental ironwork to articulate the building’s form, and the design of a new crown to mask modern mechanical equipment. CetraRuddy replaced existing small punched windows with period-sensitive custom French casement doors and windows, enhancing the building’s architectural proportions and increasing the light within by 30 per cent. 70 gracious new pre-war–inspired apartments feature galleries, libraries, eat-in-kitchens and grand indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. Innovative planning, which included moving the building core, created 20,000 additional salable square feet and facilitated the recovery of ornate decorative windows. Custom-designed hardware and millwork, sculpted stone vanities, crafted details, and materials culled from around the world contribute to homes of singular distinction.
Photography © Alan Schindler and Ken Grant