Walker Tower

Walker Tower


New York, NY

firm role:

Architecture and Interior Design


15 Stories

286,000 SF


This majestic 1929 tower, originally designed by noted architect Ralph Walker as a commercial building, was converted for residential use. The original structure was sensitively restored, and the interior design honors the architecture, proportion, and grandeur of the Art Deco building.

Intricately faceted multi-story bronze stainless pilasters frame floor-to-ceiling, articulated metal windows that are carefully proportioned for both the building façade and interior rooms. To maximize views, tall brick parapets were removed and replaced by lower, period-sensitive elements topped by glass railings. Spandrel panels which emulated motifs found throughout the building were custom fabricated with a three-dimensional sculptural pattern. With a craftsmanship not seen in more than 80 years, the panels were shaped from bronze colored stainless steel and metallically-painted formed aluminum plates to reflect the period. A new building crown, inspired by Walker’s original sketches, was constructed in two-toned metal that echoes the original statuary bronze and nickel silver found at the building's entrance.

The interior design is defined by graciously proportioned floor plans that honor the scale of the building and its uniquely crafted details. Custom-designed elements include eight-foot doors, antiqued bronze door hardware, ebonized wood portals, stained French herringbone floors, and multi-stepped coffered ceilings. Internationally sourced materials and a palette of stone, metal, and woods are combined to create a unique luxury.

photo credits:

Photography © David Sundberg/Esto and Thomas Loof