As of today, listings are live for developer/architect Cary Tamarkin’s 555 West End Avenue. The project converted the former Catholic St. Agnes Boys High School into a 13-unit luxury condo. Not only does it retain the facade’s original 1908 English collegiate- and Gothic-style elements, but the interiors benefit from the historic structure’s 12-foot ceilings and oversized windows. The most impressive of these residences is undoubtedly the solarium penthouse, carved out of the school’s one-time gymnasium. Listed for $18 million, the incredible space has a soaring 20-foot-high vaulted glass ceiling and an enormous, floor-to-ceiling arched window wall.
Cary Tamarkin is the founder and president of Tamarkin Co., an architecture and real estate development company established in 1994 and based in New York City. He worked as an architect exclusively for many years before deciding to go into development. As it turned out, he was able to combine his passion for both architecture and business by designing the buildings he develops.
His notable projects include the renovation of Anderson Cooper’s Greenwich Village firehouse, 10 Sullivan Street, 456 West 19th Street, 508 West 24th Street, which is adjacent to the Highline, and 550 West 29th Street, also near the Highline. His designs use materials reminiscent of old New York, such as industrial steel windows, corbelled bricks, outdoor loggias, and oversized casement ribbon windows, however, he’s not interested in mimicking existing architecture. Nor is he looking to create a “self-contained statement.” Ahead he discusses his career path, his inspirations, and the meld of architecture and development that he balances today.
At first you may wonder what this video featuring David Beckham and Kevin Hart advertising H&M’s new menswear collection has to do with Anderson Cooper….but the backdrop for the film is actually Cooper’s home, the firehouse at 84 West 3rd Street that the news anchor purchased for $4.3 million in 2010. He then undertook a massive interior renovation with architect Cary Tamarkin, even keeping the brass fire pole, as well as a total facade restoration, which preserved the 20th century Beaux-Arts ornamentation and 9/11 memorial plaques. Now, though we’re not exactly sure how or why, he’s opened the gorgeous, 8,240-square-foot residence to H&M for what we must say is a pretty hilarious video. Beckham and Hart drink tea in Cooper’s chic living room, work out in his turn-of-the-century gym (which Cooper stocked with vintage equipment), take ice baths on his roof terrace, and sleep in one of his bedrooms.
If this duplex penthouse at 456 West 19th Street were a movie buff it would probably quote Rose Dawson from Titanic, saying, “I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go…of my $11.75 million price tag.” Okay, so maybe we took a few creative liberties, but you get the point. In 2011, Code and Theory founder Brandon Ralph spent $6.8 million on the pad before turning around and attempting the ambitious flip. For roughly a year and a half, the unit sat on the market before finally withdrawing this past summer. Yet it returns, completely undeterred by its apparent misfortune.
This condo knows its worth… and that number is $11.75 million. Why? For starters, it sits on the top half of the building, where its fluid curves set the entire building apart from the rest. Add to that soaring windows and seamless indoor/outdoor living and you have a winner right in the heart of the West Chelsea Arts District. Now, does that make it worth almost $12 million? We’ll let you decide.
Back in June, units at 10 Sullivan Street in Soho hit the market. The 16-story, Cary Tamarkin-designed building is shaped like a mini Flatiron Building, and due to its height and scale, many consider it grossly out of place. But regardless of one’s opinion, the scheduled completion of the triangular condo in late 2015 will cement western Soho’s turn from primarily commercial to residential, a trend shared with adjacent neighborhood Hudson Square.
Brokers spend their days showing soon-to-be buyers a place of residence that checks off every box on their sizable wish list, whether they require enough servants’ quarters to handle about half of a Downton Abbey-sized staff or a master suite with a dressing room as big as a living room. Brokers hope, obviously, that once inside, the client will somehow send out telepathic signals that at last, they’ve found “the one.”
But what about the brokers’ own hopes and dreams? After all, everyone has a bucket list when it comes to living quarters.
Smack dab in the middle of the West Chelsea Arts District sits this exquisitely appointed 3BR/3.5BA duplex at 456 West 19th Street. We couldn’t think of a more perfect location for this glorious work of art which showcases the wonderfully creative and tasteful touches of world-renowned interior designer Shamir Shah and offers huge canvases of wall space tailor-made for your own artistic influences.