Rising 41-stories from the distinguished campus of Union Theological Seminary, Claremont Hall is a new landmark that seamlessly connects the academic and cultural tradition of Manhattan’s West Side with enlightened contemporary living.
With clear views in all directions, the new residential construction sits atop one of the highest points on Manhattan’s West Side, overlooking Riverside Park and the Hudson River. Robert A.M. Stern architects have designed a residential high-rise of refined craftsmanship that seamlessly integrates with this historic neighbourhood and campus.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) has elevated the New York skyline with some of the city’s most celebrated and iconic luxury high-rise buildings, such as 15 Central Park West and 220 Central Park South. RAMSA is also one of the country’s leading practitioners of the Collegiate Gothic style, having executed this style on numerous academic campuses including the recently completed Residential Colleges at Yale University, where founding partner Robert A.M. Stern served as the Dean of the School of Architecture for nearly a decade.
Claremont Hall reflects RAMSA’s ability to combine modern residential luxury with the firm’s deft application of contextual design to achieve what will be some of the most sought-after residences in New York. Architecture assumed a loftier vision after the middle ages. Innovations in engineering and building techniques enabled the new vertical style that would come to characterize Gothic architecture.
These advances allowed architects to design buildings with larger windows, higher ceilings, and more natural light. This architectural style is foundational to the design of Claremont Hall. But there is more to the rise of Gothic architecture than meets the eye. The buildings themselves came to be seen as symbols of spiritual and intellectual enlightenment.
Claremont Hall shares many of the architectural features and characteristics that define the Gothic style of Union Theological Seminary. By infusing modern luxury with Gothic grandeur, Claremont Hall represents the evolution of enlightened living while every architectural detail creates a sense of continuity with Union and the surrounding community.
Residences at Claremont Hall combine enhanced ceiling heights, oversized windows and open layouts to infuse modern life with a sense of brilliance. Designed by RAMSA, the custom Italian cabinetry complemented by Calacatta Laza quartz countertops and a fully integrated Bosch appliance package establish an elevated benchmark for the comforts of home. Cabinetry is available in a classic Bianco or modern Grigio finish.
Gothic style windows add a striking architectural touch while illuminating the living room’s comfortable elegance. Select condominium residences feature private terraces or loggias, seamlessly connecting indoor and outdoor space and enhancing city, park, and river views.
Claremont Hall’s comprehensive exercise facilities are inspired by a holistic vision of health. The dramatic Refectory Pool is reconstructed from the original Union dining hall, and features the original gothic windows, chandeliers, and ceiling timbers. To really make a splash, the 48-foot, multi-lane swimming pool can be converted into a staged floor for private events.
Locker rooms with showers connect the pool to a state-of-the-art Gymnasium surrounded by Union’s historic courtyard. To round out the mind-body connection, the Movement Studio can accommodate everything from yoga and Pilates to ballet and meditation. Riverside Park’s athletic facilities dramatically expand Claremont residents’ exercise frontiers. Miles of tree-lined bike or running paths, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts and skateparks are interspersed among the 253 acres of stunning waterfront parkland.
When it comes to dining out, cafes, delis, and pizza shops have always catered to basic collegiate needs. But over the last decade, the West Side has quietly emerged as a thriving dining destination steeped in culinary diversity—from southern-style comfort food in Harlem to Loire Valley fare served at a favourite French Bistro to some of the best ribs in the city. Dozens of delightful groceries and delicatessens dot the neighbourhood, but the granddaddy of them all is Westside Market: the perfect one-stop shop for all your grocery needs.
From its elevated position above the Hudson River, Claremont Hall signals a neighbourhood of brilliance and natural beauty, of grand city parks and enlightened ideals cultivated by some of the world’s most admired academic institutions. Here, you’ll find five of the city’s most magnificent parks, famous cafeterias and coffee shops, music and art venues of every genre, and a diverse group of world-renowned institutions of higher learning that make this New York’s smartest enclave.
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