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In recent decades, the Flatiron District has gradually shifted from primarily commercial and retail to a mixed-use residential area of high-priced real estate. While we cherish memories of the artistic Flatiron of yesteryear, characterized by artist lofts and unique design stores, change remains the only constant in New York City. However, the Ladies' Mile Historic District, established in 1989 and later expanded, has helped preserve much of the district's precious turn-of-the-century architecture.
New ground-up construction in Flatiron is relatively rare, typically rising from the few vacant lots or replacing small or significantly altered existing buildings. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approves new constructions' scale and exterior design, ensuring they either blend in with or enhance the immediate streetscape. One such new development is the Louis Collection, which received LPC approval in 2016 and is now well under construction. This two-wing condo project steered by Vinbaytel Development rises from a through-block site at 16 West 18th Street (Louie Eighteen) and 21 West 17th Street (Louie Seventeen), between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

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Louie XVII, 21 West 17th Street
Louie XVII, 21 West 17th Street Flatiron/Union Square
Louie XVIII, 16 West 18th Street
Louie XVIII, 16 West 18th Street Flatiron/Union Square
The two buildings demolished for Louie
16 West 18th Street (Louie Eighteen)
21 West 17th Street (Louie Seventeen)
The LPC hesitantly approved the demolition of two pre-existing structures: a three-story office building from 1949 and a slightly altered two-story stable building. Morris Adjmi Architects and Li Saltzman Architects collaborated on the design of their replacement, creating two similar contextual facades that blend seamlessly with the district's imposing masonry architecture. The 17th Street wing will rise 14 stories and have 13 units, while the 18th Street wing will be 10 stories tall and have 8 units. Both wings will be clad in terra cotta, metal, and buff brick. There also will be robust horizontal metal spandrels, strong cornice lines, and oversized recessed windows in three and five groupings separated by horizontal slats. The two building wings will be connected via a common courtyard.
Louie Eighteen at 16 West 18th Street as of late May 2024
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A recent pass by Louie’s construction site shows construction has topped out but the curtain wall has yet to enclose the concrete frame. Sales are set to begin later this year for its 22 full-floor condominium residences, all three bedrooms, according to Nest Seekers, the project's brokers.
Exterior renderings of Louie Seventeen and Eighteen
Kitchen rendering (Nest Seekers)
Primary bath rendering (Nest Seekers)
Due to its central location and scarcity of new construction, prices will be unapologetically high, ranging from $3,250,000 to $4,450,000. Louie's kitchens will feature Miele appliances, oak cabinetry, marble slabs, and brass and bronze fixtures, while bathrooms will offer similar finishes, including imported marble slabs, oak vanities, and brass and bronze fixtures.
Amenity sauna
While there is more than enough to explore and enjoy in the surrounding area, in-house bells and whistles are to include a high-end fitness room, spa, sauna, cold plunge, and a rooftop deck and lounge. Lois is convenient to virtually every train line, and many of the city's most acclaimed restaurants such as Eleven Madison. Other nearby attractions include Eataly, a new Chelsea Piers outpost, Madison Square Park, Union Square, and the High Line.
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