We are seeing a resurgence of affluent residential high rises being designed and constructed in classical architecture. Here at Compass Ironworks we had the privilege of being involved firsthand by designing and creating exceptional ironwork railings for one of these affluent residences.
VERANDA ARTICLE: To support this obvious resurgence, the Sept-Oct issue of Veranda wrote a 2 page spread showing the towering renaissance of luxury high-rise buildings with classical architectural elements such as limestone and brick facades and 1920’s era wrought iron railings. It mentioned that there seems to be a growing appreciation for classical architecture in high-rise apartments; and a high demand for the classics when it comes to the ironwork. In fact, Peter Penneyes Architects was awarded the Stanford White Award in 2016 by Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for the 17 story luxury high-rise at 151 East 78th St in Manhattan. See the Attached article for more.
The Benson: So the trend exemplifies pre-war detailing, impeccable craftsmanship, and exquisite materials. We were directly involved with the Benson on Madison Ave; an Art Deco style building that towers 19 stories on the upper side of Manhattan. We created elegant flower boxes with railings to adorn the main entry that alluded to the aesthetics of the Plaza Athenee in Paris. We also created intricately woven wrought iron grilles for interior doors; but our main work was exquisitely designed balcony railings.