Large, high-end penthouses aren’t uncommon on the Upper West Side, neither are outdoor terraces. But the views afforded from this duplex penthouse are something special. An outdoor space spanning the entire length of the main level overlooks the supertall towers along Billionaires’ Row, while other vantages show off all the skyscrapers in the neighborhood. The $4,790,000 home is located at 135 West 70th Street, an Egyptian Revival condo building known as The Pythian, which was designed by famed theater architect Thomas W. Lamb (it’s also where Lady Gaga grew up and where her family still lives).
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When most of us think of “lofts” in relation to Upper West Side apartments, our first thought is probably the commonplace storage or sleeping loft found in converted brownstones and townhouses. While we tend to associate actual loft apartments with downtown neighborhoods like Tribeca and Soho, there are a handful of Upper West Side condos and co-ops where you can find the same soaring ceilings and open floor plans. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the five loftiest options you’ll find north of Columbus Circle.
You Will Go ‘Gaga’ When You Learn Who Once Lived in the Building of This $4.5M Upper West Side Residence, Tue, July 8, 2014
The historic building standing at 135 West 70th Street was built in 1927 to serve as a singular meeting place for all the Knights of Pythias lodges of NYC. Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, best known for his ornate movie palaces, it’s no wonder that the Pythian is richly decorated in brightly colored and glazed terra cotta embellishments.
Though converted to a condominium in 1983, architect David Gura was careful to retain most of the building’s ornamental features. Taking great pains to ensure that elements removed from their original positions were salvaged for use elsewhere within the building, his renovation earned a residential design award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.