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The Fitzroy: New York’s Newest Masterpiece

In the heart of New York City, The Fitzroy, with interior design by Roman & Williams, brings character and beauty to the city’s coolest neighborhood

As one of the only residential condominiums fully designed by Roman & Williams, The Fitzroy “is an exceptionally enticing property,” says Brian Meier, Principal of the Meier Estates & Ventures Team at Christie’s International Real Estate Group in New York City. “And the fact it’s a small boutique condo with 14 units—making it very private—adds to the appeal.”

Exterior of The Fitzroy
A 10-story boutique condominium, The Fitzroy has a striking exterior and impeccable interiors by Roman & Williams, the design team that recently redesigned the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s British Galleries.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Situated south of Hudson Yards and just east of Hudson River Park and Chelsea Waterside Park, the property was developed by Largo and JDS Development Group and has generated major excitement among those in the architecture industry.

The Fitzroy entrydoor
The Fitzroy is located in the heart of New York’s West Chelsea district, and its amenities include a fully serviced lobby, accessed through the elegant entry door. Image: Alexis Copithorne

Named after Charles Fitzroy, a British nobleman and soldier who had a large country house in the area in the 18th century, the architects were heavily inspired by history for the building’s design. But rather than full-on nostalgia, their approach was a forward-looking nod to the past, driven by a desire for individuality and artistry.

As one of the only residential condominiums by Roman & Williams, this is an exceptionally enticing property—Brian Meier

The Fitzroy’s celebration of craftsmanship begins with its remarkable exterior. Constructed from 5,600 hand-finished jade-green terracotta panels in 500 different permutations, this giant jigsaw celebrates detail and texture. Sky-facing spotlights by L’Observatoire International cast beguiling shadows across the façade after dusk.

The Fitzroy facade
Each of the 5,600 terracotta blocks were carved, hand-painted or spray-painted, baked, and glazed before a dry fit was performed on a structure resembling a portion of the façade. Image: Michael Young

Of the façade, celebrated tastemakers Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer of award-winning architectural practice Roman & Williams, observe: “As we began working, we asked ourselves: ‘What is our ideal manifestation of New York architecture?’ We continually returned for inspiration to a truncated period at the turn of the century, when traditional architectural masonry was having difficulty adapting to the new vertical potential of structural steel.” The huge copper-clad oak windows were crafted by Vermont-based J.S. Benson Wood Working and complete the Art Deco-themed feel.

The building is very much in keeping with the Roman & Williams design aesthetic. Avoiding anything sterile at The Fitzroy, the designers set out to achieve something “moody and sublime.” This is the opposite of a curtain wall building, a foil to the steel and glass of many contemporary projects, and the individualism continues inside.

The Fitzroy penthouse's Great Room
Soaring ceilings and oversized, wooden, double-pane windows are a feature of the Great Room, which is flanked by two terraces. Image: Adrian Gaut

New to the market and available for immediate occupancy, No. 8 is the penthouse occupying the entire eighth floor. The home has four bedrooms, five baths plus powder room, dining room, and library, and offers 4,512 square feet (419 sq m) of interior space and 520 square feet (48 sq m) of outdoor space. An elevator grants access from the secure doorman-staffed hallway, while an immediate feeling of airiness is created by the lofty windows and the 11-foot (3.4 m) ceilings.

The Fitzroy penthouse's master vanity
A copper and marble double vanity is one of the highlights of the master bath, which also has a copper soaking tub, steam shower, and full slab marble floors and walls. Image: Adrian Gaut

The flow of the apartment has also been carefully considered, with parquet oak floors lining the galleries that run from the hallway to the bedrooms and living rooms. The baths boast paonazzo slab marble walls and nero marquina slab marble floors, and William Holland Cuprosa Bateau copper soaking tubs.

The living area is 40 feet long and has 180-degree Manhattan views and two terraces. That’s very special—Brian Meier

Alesch and Standefer worked with Smallbone of Devizes to design a superlative kitchen. A copper backsplash, fixtures from Waterworks’ Roman & Williams collection (R.W. Atlas), and fior di pesco marble countertops fuse practicality and looks, while state-of-the-art appliances include a black enameled Lacanche range, fully integrated Miele steam oven, warming drawer and dishwasher, plus a Sub-Zero refrigerator and undercounter wine refrigerator.

The Fitzroy penthouse's kitchen
The hand-crafted kitchen, with its copper backsplash and marble countertops, boasts fixtures from Roman & Williams’ own range at Waterworks. Image: Adrian Gaut

But it is the appropriately named Great Room that really makes this penthouse one of a kind. Meier, who is marketing the apartment with colleagues Catherine Juracich and Kate Meier, agrees. “The living area is 40 feet (12 m) long and has 180-degree Manhattan views and two terraces,” he says. “That’s very special.”

The old-world expertise of the design is matched by the building’s technological innovation. A customizable Savant home automation system is prefitted, as well as hydronic radiant-heated flooring throughout, and a multizoned central air-conditioning system.

The Fitzroy penthouse's dining room
The elegant dining room lies off the Great Room and offers the perfect space in which to host an intimate dinner party or larger gathering. Image: Adrian Gaut.

Two other apartments are also available in the building; the three-bedroom, three-bath 7W and the two-bedroom, two-bath 6E. Whatever the size, all residences include access to climate-controlled storage rooms, a private locker for each apartment within the wine cellar, a children’s art studio, and a cardio studio with a yoga and Pilates room designed by La Palestra. And on the rooftop, a landscaped lounge—a place to commune with your neighbors, 120 feet (37 m) above reality.

Banner image: The Great Room of Apartment 6E