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Rendering credit: Lendlease and Robert A.M. Stern Architects Rendering credit: Lendlease and Robert A.M. Stern Architects
More than 100 years after the Union Theological Seminary’s campus rose in Morningside Heights, the English Perpendicular Gothic-style buildings are showing their age both inside and out. As is becoming increasingly common in New York, a much-needed, multi-million-dollar renovation is being financed through the sale of approximately 350,000 square feet of development rights to developer Lendlease Americas Inc. and Daiwa House Group.

The acquired air rights are being used to erect a 41-story mixed-use condominium and academic tower at 100 Claremont Avenue on the seminary's campus. A recent site visit shows the new building has climbed several floors above street level and will soon become a dominant fixture on the Morningside Heights skyline. Sales are anticipated to begin later this year with delivery expected in 2023.
March 2021
Robert A.M. Stern Architects is the project designer and in vein with their previous work, the tower will be dressed in a classically inspired skin of limestone-colored panels and large picture windows. To stand 471 feet high, the building will be the tallest structure north of Central Park and present its residents with sweeping views up and down Manhattan's west side.
According to building permits filed by the architect of record, SLCE, the building will host 175 condominiums in one to four-bedroom layouts enhanced by amenities such as a fully-attended lobby, resident lounge, fitness center, swimming pool, children's playroom, storage, and a bike room. Separate from the private condos, which start on the tenth floor, lower levels will contain academic office space, classrooms, and faculty housing.
When topped out later this year, the high-rise will usurp the nearby Vandewater as the tallest building in the neighborhood. That nearly-finished condominium situated a block from 100 Claremont came into existence thought a similar process: The Jewish Theological Seminary sold a parcel of land and 262,000 square feet of air rights to developer Savanna for $96 million in February 2016. The seminary is now wrapping up construction on its “21st Century Campus,” and Vandewater is now selling remaining studio to four-bedroom condos from $940K.
Nicknamed the Academic Acropolis, Morningside Heights area is renowned for its higher education institutions, most notably Columbia University. The elevated neighborhood is bounded by several parks with Morningside and Central Parks on the east side and Riverside and Sakura Parks on the west side. Other notable points of interest include Riverside Church, Grant's Tomb, and the Riverside Drive Viaduct. The 1 subway line can be found at 116th and 125th Street, and the area has easy access to the West Side Highway and the Hudson River greenway.
Google Earth aerial showing a placeholder tower on the Union Theological Seminary campus
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