7 West 21st is a 288,000-square-foot through-block residential building on a formerly vacant lot in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District. Clad in white and gray terra cotta masonry, the building provides a sense of architectural continuity in the district with an elegant, contemporary design that draws from early twentieth century Gothic Revival buildings as well as the large department stores that give the districts its name. Its 288 mixed-income apartments and 8,000-square-feet of street-level retail space are divided between two 18-story towers separated by a shared second-floor courtyard. With frontage on both 21st Street and 22nd Street, the design of the building’s two towers are “tuned” to their respective streets to produce distinct but architecturally related facades that share a clear affinity with nearby structures and reinforce the district’s historic character.
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