Courtesy of Williams New York
The Astors were among America’s first multi-millionaires, so it makes sense that the Astor name immediately conjures up images of wealth and the Gilded Age of New York City. The family fortune was founded by John Jacob Astor who made his money in the fur trade. Astor’s successors greatly expanded the family wealth in the New York City real estate market. The Astor’s real estate legacy can be seen all over New York City in places like the Waldorf-Astoria, St. Regis Hotel, Astor Place, The Knickerbocker Hotel and the Public Theater (which was originally the Astor Library), among many others. Along with building hotels, libraries and their own palatial homes along Fifth Avenue, the Astors also developed residential properties like rowhouses and some of the first apartment buildings, including a multi-towered complex at 235 West 75th Street now known as The Astor.
The Astor was built by William Waldorf Astor in 1901. Astor hired architects Clinton and Russell to design a two-towered grey brick structure crowned by an elaborate decorative cornice. A third tower in the same style was added in 1914 with a design by the architecture firm of Peabody, Wilson and Brown. The large penthouse-style apartments attracted wealthy businessmen who were drawn to the Upper West Side thanks to its close proximity to Central Park, the first subway line, and the thoroughfare of Broadway.
The Astor Lobby, Photograph by Evan Joseph
Today, The Astor has been converted into 98 modern condominium units, redesigned by Pembrooke & Ives. Along with the exterior facade, the property retains many original interior features such as a mosaic-detailed lobby and marble fireplaces, with the addition of modern amenities like twenty-four-hour concierge, a gym and state-of-the-art interior enhancements. On June 19th, join Untapped Cities Insiders for a free tour inside The Astor and the nearby Chatsworth, both early 20th-century gems. On this tour, you will learn about the history of each building, admire its unique exterior architecture and go inside to see the modern upgrades as well as original details that have been preserved for over 100 years.
REGISTRATION: Wednesday, June 5th at 12 PM EST
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Exterior of The Chatsworth, Courtesy of March Made
The Chatsworth, a luxury pre-war co-op conversion built in 1904, is one of the most iconic and prestigious buildings on the Upper West Side in New York City. The fifty-eight unit Beaux-Arts residence stands at the base of Riverside Park. Newly designed amenities at The Chatsworth include a library and business center off the lobby elegantly appointed with custom stained walnut millwork, a state-of-the-art gym and fitness center, children’s playroom, game room, media screening room, wine tasting room and an outdoor garden. The interiors at The Chatsworth reflect the elegance of the building’s exterior, and, like The Astor, have been redesigned by the renowned firm Pembrooke & Ives. Each unique residence synthesizes pre-war scale and proportion with sophisticated design and meticulous finishes, offering an expansive and gracious floor plan, high ceilings, detailed crown moldings, and white oak herringbone floors throughout.
The Chatsworth Lobby, Courtesy of Brad Dickson
Chatsworth Residence, Photograph by Evan Joseph
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