The Majestic Building

The Majestic Building
  1. About the The Majestic Building in New York
    1. Building Catalogations
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectureal style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The The Majestic Building is an Art-deco skyscraper designed by Irwin S. Chanin and built between 1930 and 1931 in New York, NY.

The Majestic Building is not the only name you might know this building by though. It is common for companies to want to attach their names to iconic buildings when they move in, or for the general public to come up with nicknames, and this one is no exception. The building has changed names several times over the years, and is also known as:

  • Majestic Apartments.
  • from 1969 until this day.
  • from 1999 until this day.
  • from 2006 until this day.

Its precise street address is 115 Central Park West, New York, NY. You can also find it on the map here.

The The Majestic Building is a structure of significant importance both for the city of New York and the United States as a nation. The building embodies the distinctive characteristic features of the time in which it was built and the Art Deco style. Because of that, the The Majestic Building was officially declared as a national landmark on March 8th 1988.

At the time of its completion in 1931 the The Majestic Building incorporated solutions that were quite advanced at the time, these included a 76000 liter fuel tank and six water towers located on the roof.

The building has been restored 3 times over the years to ensure its conservation and adaptation to the pass of time. The main restoration works happened in 1952, 1980 and 1990.

Building's timeline

Construction begins
Construction completed
Declared NL
years ago
  1. 1952 - Lobby renovation. The architect in charge was Gladys Miller.
  2. 1980 - Vestibule restoration and windows replacement. The architect in charge was Rosenblum Harb Architects.
  3. 1990 - Facade renovation. The architect in charge was Walter B. Melvin Architects.

Architect and team

Irwin S. Chanin was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design. But there was also one other architect involved, as far as we know. We are talking about Jacques Delamarre.

Irwin S. Chanin and the other architects already mentioned were in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline, which usually involves many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but at the very least we know that there was one other part involved, that was René Chambellan as the collaborating Artist.

Architectural Style

The The Majestic Building can be categorized as an Art-deco building.

The Art Deco movement flourished during the 1920s and 1930s, with many historians marking the outbreak of World War II as its final decline. Even though a couple of decades might not seem as much, the Art Deco movement had a great impact on architecture, and it's widely represented in many American cities due to the development boom that happened during that time.

Art Deco marked the abandonment of traditional historicism and the embracement of modern living and the age of the machine. In architecture, that meant leaving behind the ornaments of Beux-Arts and Neo-Gothic buildings and instead favoring simplicity and visual impact through geometric shapes, clean lines, and symmetrical designs. Ornaments were still an important part of the design, but they became bold and lavish, and were often inspired by ancient cultures or industrial imagery, instead of nature.

The The Majestic Building was completed in 1931, right when the Art Deco movement was at its peak, so it kind of went with the trend at that time.

Spaces & Uses

The The Majestic Building reaches an architectural height of 344ft (105m). It has a total of 31 floors, served by 12 elevators.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 1931, the The Majestic Building has mainly been used as Residential space.

About the residences

The The Majestic Building has a total of 238 residential units throughout its 31 floors.

344ft (105m)

Materials & Structure

The The Majestic Building uses a frame structure made of steel columns and concrete slabs.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade is non-load bearing either, as it is common in frame structure type buildings.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features a light gray cast stone covering the first three floors of the building, followed by bricks combined in cinnamon and brown colors. Polished pink and black granite was used at the water table level and for the frames of the three building entrances. Metal railings adorn the large terraces. Grooved brickwork separates the corner windows. The windows are divided into multiple panels, and stone ornaments crown the towers.

Other materials found at the The Majestic Building include, terrazzo , used on the lobby fllors, and white metal, seen in the lobby walls.