Walker Tower is a residential high-rise in New York City constructed by architect Ralph Thomas Walker in 1929. For its historic renovation in 2011, Zahner provided custom manufactured architectural details, which can be seen throughout its interior and exterior spaces.
Working under CetraRuddy architects and the JDS real estate team, engineers and fabricators at Zahner assisted the project team’s unique design challenges. The original building served as offices for New York Telephone Company, so the design team’s challenge was to transform this building into luxury residences for the 21st century and beyond.
We greatly admire Walker’s original Art Deco entrance of nickel and brass sunbursts and electrical motifs. We extended this aesthetic into the lobby through a rich experience of materials. Even Fred Astaire would not seem out of step in such a space.
As a historic building, it was important to maintain and reintroduce bronze and nickel silver features throughout the building. Zahner provided brass medallions, bronze leaf in glass, and nickel silver. These features included sliding glass door system for the interior lobby, elevator and door transoms, custom door and sidelites, and chevron mullion inserts for both the lobby, vestibule and exterior.