Building: 130 WEST 30TH STREET at 130 West 30th Street in Chelsea
Cass Gilbert (1859-1934) was one of the city’s most important architects in the early 20th Century and his legacy is highlighted by the Woolworth Building fronting on City Hall Park, which for many years was the city’s tallest and remains one of its most famous and popular skyscrapers.
This building was designed by Mr. Gilbert and is named after him. It is considerably less flamboyant and visible than the Woolworth Building, which was erected in 1913. This building was completed in 1927, when architectural styles changed from neo-Gothic to Art Deco, and it served as a commercial building until its renovation and conversion to condominium apartments in 2003.
While most of Gilbert’s famous buildings, which also include the New York Life Building at Madison Square Park and the Federal Courthouse at Foley Square and the United States Custom House at the foot of Broadway, are quite decorative, classical and very elegant, this structure is surprisingly spartan yet quite monumental. It has several setbacks and the central portion of its façade has decorative spandrels and thin bronze piers separating the multi-paned windows. The façade has rather exotic two-tone terracotta panels and friezes depicting Assyrian winged horses, roaring lions and racing chariots that were executed by the same company that worked with the architect on the Woolworth Building.
The 20-story building is registered as a national historic landmark and has 45 apartments. It was designated as “The Cass Gilbert Building” with the approval of the architect’s grandson and representatives of the Cass Gilbert Society that was formed to perpetuate the legacy of the architect whose other important New York City buildings include the New York Life Building at Madison Square Park and the Foley Square Courthouse.
Henry Justin of HJ Development Corporation is the developer.
All apartments have at least two full baths as well as washers and dryers. The building has a doorman, 11-foot-ceilings, and open gourmet kitchens with Calacatta marble counters and backsplashes, SubZero refrigerators, Miele dishwashers, and stainless steel ovens and wine coolers. It has 21 different apartment layouts and individually controlled central heating and cooling. For more information please contact
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|2 active sales listings:||$1,099 per ft² (avg)|
|1 previous sales listings:||$1,171 per ft² (avg in the last 180 days)|
|5 previous rentals listings:||$59 per ft² (avg in the last 180 days)|
|1 recorded sales:||$2,600,000 (avg price in the last 180 days)|
Local SchoolsSchools zoned for this address:
PS 33 Chelsea School