Princeton International Property, Dune Real Estate Partners, and Empire Capital Holdings are converting a 15-story office building at 110 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side into a 156,917-square-foot medical facility with commercial space on the first two floors. The Perkins Eastman redesign of the 1962 building updates the exterior at the lower floors and brings interiors up to standards required by the medical industry. Façade work is mostly finished at the property, which is re-branded as Park Sixty Medical in reference to its proximity to Park Avenue.
The through-lot building stretches from East 59th to East 60th Street, with an alternate address listed as 111 East 59th Street. The structure occupies the entire lot, which measures 201 feet long, 60 feet wide, and is staggered by five feet in the midsection. The structure measures 183 feet to the main roof and 200 feet to the parapet, nestling snugly between buildings of similar stature.
The original building was designed by the architecture firm of Kahn & Jacobs. The partnership, which produced over 60 buildings in twenty-seven years, is notable for innovations in the field of Modernist design. YIMBY covered the prolific firm in greater detail in last year’s feature on the vertical expansion at 425 Park Avenue, in progress four blocks south.
Ayn Rand, who drew inspiration for a key character in her 1943 novel The Fountainhead from Ely Jacques Kahn, described the architect as “modern – with careful limits.” The description aptly summarizes the design of 110 East 60th Street, as well. Features such as the warm color palette, angular recesses at the East 59th Street base, cantilevered beams on alternating corner beams at the southwest corner, alternating window sizes, and asymetrical geometries at the East 60th Street base, channel a prominent Postmodern aesthetic that appears 20 years ahead of its time. At the same time, narrow bands of square windows, framed by red-brown brick, lent the building an understated appearance.
The building was once known as the The Lighthouse International Building, named after the charitable organization currently known as the Lighthouse Guild. The property was later renamed Sol and Lillian Goldman Building in honor of real estate developer Sol Goldman and his wife. Lighthouse International kept the name after it bought the building in 2011, and maintained headquarters at the site until it sold the property for $170 million in 2015.
The renovation permit dates to November 2015 and calls for 2,605 square feet to be added to the total construction floor area, boosting the net area to 170,511 square feet. The floor-to-ceiling heights, which measure from 11 to 16 feet, are well-suited for medical office requirements. A glass curtain wall replaces brick and concrete facades at the base on East 59th and East 60th streets, which were marred with water stains prior to renovation. A funnel-shaped niche at the East 60th Street entrance leads to a redesigned, minimalist lobby. Expanded windows at floors three and four punch through a former blank wall. New terraces will sit upon 18-foot-deep setbacks on either street.
The Ripco Real Estate Corporation is marketing 26,000 square feet of retail space on the cellar, first and second floors as part of the “Bloomingdale’s Corridor,” in reference to the department store and adjacent shopping area half a block to the east.