By Daniel J. Bollinger

Located on the south end of Tribeca bordering FiDi, 100 Barclay is being touted as a new era of luxury. This building was completed in 1927 and was originally the headquarters for The New York Telephone Company; it was landmarked in 1999. This was one of the first skyscrapers designed by famed architect Ralph Walker and is the world’s first skyscraper built in the American Art Deco style. There are 158 residences available on the top 22 floors (floors 11 to 33), which starts at 170 feet above street level. Surprisingly, offerings range from studios up to 5 bedrooms. On the tower floors (floors 20 to 31) there are only four residences per floor.

Landmarked Art Deco architectural details can be seen throughout the lobby. The first thing you’ll notice in this building is the ceiling art in the lobby. There are some individual murals that have a theme culminating to the center. The theme is communication, and each work represents a mode of communication during a particular era which culminates with the telephone at the center since this was originally New York Telephone Company’s headquarters. The residences are as grand as this ceiling panorama. The building is pre-war, so the proportions of the residences are large. The oversized 10-foot ceilings make these spaces even more magnificent. Double hung 7-foot tall windows throughout the areas bring in a lot of light, and the views from the tower levels are stupendous. Take in the views of the Hudson River to the midtown skyline views and more.

The kitchen is beautiful with an open layout and all top notch appliances including Sub-Zero, a Wolf gas range with a hood that vents out, and a Miele MasterChef oven. A design detail worth noting is the Dornbracht pot filler, something every kitchen should have. Very warm tones of integrated cabinetry outline the kitchen area with ribbed glass paned cabinetry filling in. The Miele oven and pot fillers are center attractions and the Calacutta Gold marble island countertop and backsplash complete the design.

The master baths are brilliant as well. Floor-to-ceiling honed marble abounds everywhere including the wet room with a beautiful niche and steam shower, on the double vanity countertops and encasing a deep soaking tub. There are Lagos Blue limestone contrast borders for a very nice effect. The bath boasts all custom vanities and medicine cabinets with Waterworks chrome fixtures throughout. The bathroom design is quite regal and an example of the grandeur of this project.

The amenities in this building are also outstanding with over 40,000 square feet of amenities. Amenities include two swimming pools, an 18th-floor lounge with a media room, wine tasting room with private wine storage, children’s playroom designed with Playgarden, four terraces, and a fitness center and spa. Another unique amenity is two soundproof music practice rooms. I am always impressed when designers make space for important things like music appreciation. Parents will also thank the designers that their children can practice their pieces in a dedicated space with no disturbances from outside distractions (and vice versa).

A historic building with landmarked status, pre-war large open layouts with great designs, some of the best fixtures and appliances, plenty of walk-in closets, and a host of amenities. Co-developers Magnum Real Estate and CIM Group should be very proud of what they’ve created. Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group is the exclusive marketing and sale agency for 100 Barclay.

For more information, visit 100barclay.com.

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