By Carter B. Horsley
The handsome, 11-story residential condominium building
with 26 apartments at 520 West 19th Street was erected in 2008
by Bishopscourt Realty, of which Keith and John Jacobson are principals.
SLCE Architects and Selldorf Architects, which worked on the interiors
of the Urban Glass House condominium building at 330 Spring Street,
and the interiors of the Abercrombie & Fitch store on Fifth
Avenue at 56th Street and the "en-suite garage tower" at 200 Eleventh Avenue, designed the building, which is distinguished
by is use of "midnight blue" terracotta and a curved
The lobby, which is attended 24 hours a day, has terracotta-clad
columns, Venetian plaster walls with granite and marble details
and silver-gray terrazzo.
The mid-block building, which in the initial renderings, conjures a
man's blue pin-stripe suit, is between 10th and 11th Avenues and is
down the street from the spectacular, new Frank O. Gehry-designed
office building on 11th Avenue now nearing completion. It is also
next to the Metal Shutter Houses designed by Shigeru Ban and it
is across the street from Jean Nouvel's curved tower at 100 Eleventh
Avenue. This block, therefore, is Chelsea's chic answer to Bond
Street in NoHo.
This building has 8 two-bedroom apartments with 1,460 to 1,582
square feet, 16 three-bedroom apartments with 1,980 to 2,090 square
feet, some with terraces, and 2 five-bedroom duplex penthouses
with interiors and 4,054 and 4,232 square feet and terraces of
about 640 square feet.
The top two floors are setback.
Apartments will have floor-to-ceiling windows. Kitchens will have
Arclinea cabinetry, Marmo Grablo marble countertops, Sub-Zero
refrigerator and wine cooler, Miele dishwasher and Axxis/Nexxt
washers and dryers by Bosch. Bathrooms will have marble or travertine
vanities, tub walls and decks, bathtubs and sinks by Kohler, toilets
by Duravit, sink and tub fixtures by Grohe.
There are storage units in the basement.
The building has sidewalk landscaping.
black, ribbed facade at the base is alluring and reminiscent of Art
Deco bakelite kitchen ware and it is a shame there is not more of it
higher up. The founded column in the cener of the base looks like
a handle for two glass oven doors. These are impressive and very
nice design touches, but it's a shame there are not more.