The exterior is complete at 19 Park Place, a 21-story, nearly 300-foot-tall tower that measures only 25 feet wide, making it one of the city’s slimmest new buildings. Ismael Leyva Architects is behind the Streamline Moderne-inspired design for ABN Realty. The development will bring 24 luxury condominiums to a rapidly-growing upscale residential enclave at the border of the Financial District and TriBeCa.
The section diagram presented on the website shows two cellar levels, a double-height ground floor with 20 floors above, a penthouse level, and a bulkhead that adds the equivalent of three more floors. The structure takes up the majority of its 3,872-square-foot lot, which stretches 152 feet from Park Place to Murray Street.
The 252-foot height listed in May 2012 permits likely measures to the main roof. Including the bulkhead, the tower stands around 290 feet tall, resulting in a slenderness ratio of over 1:11. The ratio places the building among the city’s “super-slender” high-rises, which the Skyscraper Museum featured in a recent exhibit.
Ismael Leyva architects is known for designing slender residential towers. The 42-story, 562-foot 785 8th Avenue, built in 2009, has a slenderness ratio of 1:15.
The Park Place façade is set back from the sidewalk, leaving a gap in the established street wall. The distinctive, curved entrance aligns with the balcony array above.
The deep second-story Murray Street setback houses a terrace garden that connects to the tenant lounge. Two more minor setbacks occur at the 7th and 11th floors.
19 Park Place towers over adjacent five-story walk-ups, built about a century ago. The design reconciles the building’s role as both a standalone tower and urban infill, which may be blocked by adjacent high-rises in the future. East and west lot walls feature windows only along narrow corner strips. The apartments, most of which span full floors and feature private elevator access, gain most of their sunlight from narrow north and south façades.
The south façade opens onto the mid-block public space at 30 Park Place, which is scheduled to open in about a month. The traditionally-inspired, 937-foot-tall tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects frames the plaza along with the landmark 1913 Woolworth Building to the east. The 56-story Barclay Tower to the south greets the street with an ornate colonnade.
North-facing upper floors look upon the TriBeCa skyline.
The blue façade palette stands out in the surrounding cityscape of brick, limestone and terra-cotta. The rounded balconies and bulkhead, combined with prominent horizontal motifs, channel the aesthetic of Streamline Moderne, an early 20th century Art Deco style inspired by the design of ocean liners.
The project’s progress has been unusually slow. The first permit was filed in March 2008. In May, a demolition permit was issued for the 36-foot-tall, three-story building that stood at the site. According to WNBC, Mark Twain used to arrange lecture tours from the plain, brick-faced structure, but Emporis dates the building to 1915, five years after the famed author’s death.
The site was cleared by 2009. Foundation work, which commenced in 2013, required supportive bracing of adjacent townhouses. The concrete structure reached the halfway point by the summer of 2014 and topped out a year later. The final façade panels were installed in recent weeks.
At one point the building was marketed as Tribeca Royale. The subsequent reversion to its street address reflects the growing cachet of Park Place as a sought-after residential destination. Luxury residences at 30 Park Place opened at the end of last year, a 43-story condominium tower is starting to rise at 45 Park Place half a block to the west, and the upper floors of the Woolworth Building are being converted into some of the city’s most expensive residences.
The sliver makes effective use of its urban setting. The high density is appropriate for the site, which faces the new entrance to the Park Place-Chambers Street complex of the A, C, 2, and 3 trains, while the narrow footprint maintains traditional, pedestrian-friendly scale at the street level.