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Chelsea relic ready for its revolution role

Real estate firm Walter & Samuels announced that a $3 million capital improvement program has been completed at 214-224 West 29th Street, a commercial office building located between Seventh and Eight Avenues in Chelsea.

The pre-war building comprises 200,000 s/f of office space across 17 floors and several ground-level storefronts.

214-222 West 29th Street
214-222 West 29th Street

According to Walter & Samuels chairman David I. Berley, the property is being repositioned to meet the changing face of the neighborhood and demands among the tech and creative sectors for high-quality office space in Chelsea.

David Berley
David Berley

The transformation includes a complete cleaning of the building’s street-side façade, which features intricate masonry details, elegant setbacks and four unique stone gargoyles handling fur pelts.

The building was designed by architect Henry I. Oser and was one of the city’s original fur buildings along a corridor that today continues to be dotted with furriers.

The building took back ground-floor retail space in order to expand and modernize the lobby. In addition to adding air conditioning and an all-glass entrance with new windows and a revolving door, the lobby was fitted with a new reception desk, stone flooring and recessed ceiling, wall and lighting details.

Berley selected a piece of contemporary art by Brooklyn artist Dustin Yellin as a feature within the space.

“This building is a gem within our portfolio of buildings,” said Mr. Berley, who purchased the Class B office tower in the late 1970s.

“Located near the Hudson Yards redevelopment project, the renovations revealed a beautiful relic that will play a critical role in the evolution of the neighborhoods surrounding the Manhattan’s far west side.”

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