Published On: Sun, Dec 7th, 2014

The Spitzers To Sell The Crown Building for $2 Billion

730 Fifth Ave. Crown Bldg

The Spitzer Family is looking to sell Manhattan’s landmark Crown Building for as much as $2 billion, the New York post has reported. They are selling it together with their partners in the building the Winter family. The property is being marketed by Eastdil Secured’s Douglas Harmon, Adam Spies and Kevin Donner.

Located at 730 Fifth Ave. on the southwest corner of W. 57th Street, The Crown Building holds 400.000 square feet of space including 35, 000 feet of retail space. Some of its tenants include Bulgari and Mikimoto ply gems and pearls, the literary agency ICM, private-equity firms KKR and Apollo Global Management.

Formerly known as the Heckscher Building, the office tower was designed by the architects Warren & Wetmore and built in 1921. The 26 story 416 foot high building got the name Crown in 1983 for its crown with gilded details that stands out at night in the city’s skyline.

It was once owned by the dictator Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines.

From TheCityReview.com:

“The small lobby was pleasantly renovated and redesigned in the early 1990’s with a great deal of glitz that has given it a brassy, beveled look that makes the space appear larger than it is.

The notable roof also boasts an elaborate, tall chimney on its southeast corner.

The office entrance is demure, but the three gilded female figures above the entrance, shown below, add grace even if they can’t seem to distract the nearly naked youth holding up the great outdoor clock over the entrance of Tiffany’s across the avenue.

Bulgari, the jeweler, transformed the corner retail space and retail frontage into a highly sculpted, abstract facade in pinkish pastel colors that had nothing to do with the rich ornamentation of this building as evidenced by the ornate spandrel bas-reliefs, one of which is shown at the left. The Bulgari facade was sophisticated, but not subtle, a modernistic intrusion whose boldness was on too small a scale to make a major impact and yet too insensitive to the building’s design quality to be excused. The Bulgari frontage was modified somewhat and “opened up” to be more inviting in the late 1990’s.”

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