Tour a Modern Jewel at 15 Union Square West

By Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza
Photo by Ashley Gallerani

The former Tiffany and Company headquarters at 15 Union Square West—once apart of a luxury retail corridor known as “Ladies’ Mile”—was erected in 1870 in of-the-era cast-iron framework: spectacular, ornate, stately, and—half a century later—falling apart. Amalgamated Bank moved into the building in 1925, and in 1952, a piece of the original cast iron fell off the facade and struck a passerby. Considered a hazard, the five-story building was stripped of its ironwork and encased in white brick, the splendor of the landmark lying dormant for another 50 years.

In 2007, Brack Capital Real Estate enlisted architect Eran Chen and interior designer Vincente Wolf to convert the pre-war building at 15th Street and Union Square West into a glassy black geode of a building: it’s boxy and modern and announces itself with its satiny blocks of energy that stack to a new 12-story pitch.

The conversion preserved the only remaining iron work—its arches, which can be seen in the day if you catch the light just right. But when illuminated at night, hints of the original building can be seen encased in a sarcophagus of zinc and glass, glimpses of the building’s past preserved in glassy backlight. A perfect jewel in a black satin box. We stepped inside a three-bedroom apartment on the third floor of 15 Union Square West (currently listed by Corcoran) to get a glimpse of the beautiful interiors of this architectural gem.

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Kitchen The one-wall kitchen features modern blonde cabinetry and a commanding marble island

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Living Room The living room features striking Day of the Dead–inspired artwork and a candy apple–red baby grand piano

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Living room The white backdrop of the living space is grounded by a black leather Chesterton sofa and dark-toned artwork

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Open Bar The open living room–kitchen is bridged by this commanding case of open shelves

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Living room The apartment's living room features an L-shaped leather sofa perfectly positioned for taking in views on Union Square Park

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Bedroom Dark tones continue in the master bedroom, which features striking original oil works

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Bedroom A second bedroom is in cooler colors and offers a peaceful respite in the otherwise colorful home

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Sitting The third-floor apartment is ready for guests to take in the views, with comfy sitting areas dappling the windows

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Bathroom The master bathroom features his-and-hers sinks with rich soapstone countertops

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Bathroom The home's hardware and fixtures are from Sherle Wagner, who created custom pieces for the building's remodel

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