Construction is completed on The Benson, an 18-story condominium building at 1045 Madison Avenue on the Carnegie Hill section of the Upper East Side. Designed by Peter Pennoyer and developed by The Naftali Group, the 210-foot reinforced concrete structure will provide 16 residential units over 59,032 square feet with an average of 3,700 square feet each and 3,993 square feet of the first floor sales area. The housing stock comprises three penthouses and most of the units are full-story. Leeding Builders Group is the general contractor of the project, which is located between East 79th Street and East 80th Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Central Park.
Since our last update in May, the work on the limestone facade has been completed, the scaffolding and the crane have been removed from the construction site.
We can see how bright the stone facade shines in the sunlight. Black metal railings line the numerous recesses and create a nice contrast in color and material and contribute to the architecturally inviting presence of the building. The Benson has a uniform window grid over most of the western main facade, while the southern end has a recess with rounded protrusions. The ground floor appears to be the last major section of the grounds that still needs to be worked on. Sidewalk barriers and metal fencing surround the first level but should likely be removed in the coming weeks or months.
The residents of The Benson enter the property by going through tall iron double doors under a dark canopy with the property’s name on it into a jewelry box lobby designed by Achille Salvagni. The lobby is decorated with wood and stone materials and an onyx fireplace with a bright chandelier in the center of the circular room.
Residents enter their apartments through a private entrance foyer before entering each unit. These rooms are provided with custom-made milling work and oak floors with a chevron pattern.
Each of the spacious residences are designed with a mix of traditional and modern styles and are further enhanced by the use of high ceilings and oversized windows for plenty of natural light.
Christopher Peacock and Peter Pennoyer work together to design the chef’s kitchens, which feature Calcutta gold island countertops with rounded corners, a custom fluted nickel hood, solid walnut interior and polished nickel handles and hand-painted millwork in a midnight blue color. The kitchen equipment also includes the latest curated appliances from Sub-Zero and Miele.
The master bedrooms are fitted with walk-in closets, bay windows and master baths with a bathtub, hand-laid stone flooring, a custom-made vanity, a large rain shower and underfloor heating.
The guest toilets are fitted with Blue de Savoie floors with a Nero Marquina stone border, which forms a backdrop for the hand-carved Nero Marquina marble washbasin, the elongated wall lights made of burnished brass and the fittings by Waterworks.
The coveted penthouses are said to have a custom-built fireplace with a Pietra Gray marble hearth and terraces with views of Central Park and Midtown. Only one of the penthouses is on two floors and has its own landscaped outdoor garden with a 14 meter dining room with French doors and oak floors with a chevron pattern. The views of Central Park, the Midtown skyline, and the panoramic sunsets over the Upper West Side and Hudson River would make a great backdrop as you look out over the city from the upper floors and outdoor patios.
The living facilities at The Benson include The Park Bar on the upper floors with views of Central Park and lit by tall lanterns, a private indoor theater with a custom-made wet bar and popcorn machine, a spa with steam room and sauna, a fitness center with a basketball court, children’s playroom, library with adjoining garden, 24-hour porter and concierge service, and a spa for pets.
YIMBY last reported that The Benson is slated for completion sometime this year.
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