The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Client Millennium Partners
Location New York City, NY
Status Completed in 2002

This classic New York City hotel, Hotel St. Moritz, was renovated and restored.

Originally designed by architect Emery Roth, this luxury hotel opened in 1930 as the Hotel St. Moritz. In 1999, Handel Architects was engaged to completely remodel and rebrand the hotel into the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. 

Work included renovating and modernizing the building, with the lower portion remaining a hotel and the top twelve floors converted to eleven enormous condominiums.

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The original building was designed by Emery Roth Architects in the 1920's.

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The deteriorated structure on the first 27 floors was reinforced and replaced, while the upper floors were torn down and rebuilt. 

Incremental additions to the upper floors on the south side enlarged the floor plate in order to accommodate condominium layouts. All windows and roofing were replaced building-wide. At the ground level, a new limestone and granite façade was created, as well as a new bronze storefront. The entrance canopy was also restored. Masonry on floors 2 and 3 was repaired and replaced, while floors 4 through 20 had brick cleaned and re-pointed, as well as lintels replaced. Above, the exterior wall was entirely replaced, which involved repositioning many of the existing terracotta details. A new terracotta turret was also added. 

Inside, a new central atrium became the focus of the entry lobby. Other renovated amenities include a restaurant, spa, and meeting rooms.

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Ritz Central Park

Scope

Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer (units)

Design Partner(s)

Interior Designer (hotel) - Frank Nicholson

Photography and Drawings

Lester Ali Emery Roth Architects