This attractive, midblock
structure has a handsome entrance marquee and a two-story rusticated
limestone base with sidewalk landscaping and flanking lanterns.
It was designed by James E. Carpenter and Rosario Candela, two
of the foremost architects of luxury apartment buildings in the
1920s and 1930s in Manhattan.
The 25-story building was
erected in 1927 as a residential hotel and subsequently became
the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and then the Intercontinental Hotel. In
a May 14, 2004 article in The New York Times Rachelle Garbardine
reported that the Intercontinental Hotel would cease operation
at this location in June, 2004 and be converted to an apartment
Stephen L. Glascock and
his wife, Barbara van Beuren, are architects and the principals
of Anbau Enterprises of Manhattan, the developers of the residential
conversion. Costas Kondylis & Partners is the architectural
firm handling the $110-million conversion.
The $110 million conversion by Anbau Enterprises
added three floors to the building, which now has five penthouses
with some fireplaces. Three of the penthouses occupy full floors
of about 4,000 square feet each. The principals of Anbau are Stephen
L. Glasock and Barbara van Beuren, both architects.
The penthouse on the 24th floor has four bedrooms, four baths,
a powder room, a fireplace, and terraces. The penthouse on the
27th floor has two bedrooms, two baths, a powder room, and a 50-foot-long
loggia and terrace. The duplex penthouse on the 28 and 29th floors
has two bedrooms, 50-foot-long loggias on both levels, and two
The Times article
indicated that the apartments will be marketed as co-operatives,
"though without some of the restrictions normally associated
with co-ops." "A key reason No. 112 will become a co-op
is that Anbau rents, not owns, the land beneath the building,"
the article continued, adding that the new apartment owners "will
not need board approval to sell or sublet their units."
Hotel had 211 guest rooms including 23 suites and some function
rooms with working fireplaces. The 25-story building had a restaurant
and a cocktail lounge and a business center.
This block, between the
Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, is the most elegant
on Central Park South as it boasts the great Art Deco rooftops
of the Trump Parc building on the east end and the Essex House
midblock as well as the spectacular, green mansard roof of Hampshire
House midblock and the imposing Italian-Renaissance-palazzo-style
New York Athletic Club on the west end.
Like all Central Park South
buildings, this building has great vistas of Central Park and
the skylines of Upper Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. The
building has a doorman and a garage, but no sidewalk landscaping.
Good public transportation is nearby as well as excellent shopping
and numerous restaurants.
Historically, Central Park
South was for many decades an surprisingly unattractive location
despite its great location because of its narrow sidewalks, high
traffic, a proliferation of street people who patronized guests
at its many hotels and a lack of normal residential neighborhood
amenities. At the end of the 20th Century, however, its ambiance
improved significantly with the erection of several new luxury
towers nearby and the opening of new restaurants and a supermarket
not too far away and the long-delayed redevelopment of the New
York Coliseum site at its western terminus where the Time Warner
Center opened in early 2004.
With the elegant stores
of Fifth Avenue and the boutiques of Madison Avenue nearby to
the east and the varied attractions of the Lincoln Center district
a few blocks away to the west, this location is very prime.
In 2006, the building
was converted to a residential condominium and several penthouse
floors were added by Anbau Enterprises.
The conversion plan permitted the purchasers of its 63 apartments
to sell or sublet their apartments without board approval much
like a condominium.
The 28-story building has five penthouse units and apartments
ranging in size from one- to four-bedrooms.
The building has an ornate and handsome entrance marquee, a 24-hour
doorman, a concierge, a live-in resident manager, a fitness center
on the second floor with an outdoor terrace and breakfast bar
and a basement laundry room in addition to washers/dryers in all
The building, which is between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh
Avenue, was most recently the Inter-Continental Hotel and prior
to that the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
It was erected by Samuel Minskoff in 1925 as the 25-story Navarro
with 118 hotel-apartments. In the 1880s, Jose de Navarro built
eight connected buildings, 10 stories high, that were known as
the Navarro Flats that included the present site as well as those
now occupied by Essex House, Hampshire House and the New York
Eventually this site was occupied by the Deutscher Verein, a German
social group housed in a palazzo-style structure designed by McKim,
Mead & White. That building eventually became the Army &
Navy Club until it was replaced by the present building.
One of the early residents of the building now on the site was
Bennett Cerf, the publisher of the Modern Library and Random House.
Other residents over the years have included Raymond Loewy, the
industrial designer, and Earl Carroll, the nightclub impresario.
The building has a six-story limestone-clad base with pilasters
between the 3rd and 5th floors. It has discrete air-conditioners
and offers storage space and valet parking. Kitchens have Poggenpohl
cabinetry, SubZero refrigerators and Miele cooktops and Asko washers
and dryers. Bathrooms have sycamore vanities with marble tops,
Kaldewei bathtubs and frameless glass shower enclosures. Gustavo
Martinez designed the building's model apartment.
One-bedroom, one-bath and powder room units range in size from
1,026 to 1,039 square feet. Two bedroom, two full baths and a
power room units ranging in size from 1,849 to 1,971 square feet.
Three-bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room have 2,391
Anbau is German for "to add onto," or, "to build