NEW YORK, NY—July 2016
Former PS51 Elementary School Converted to Boutique Condominium in Hell’s Kitchen
Legacy Builders is pleased to announce the firm is renovating a new residential project at Inkwell−a schoolhouse-to-condominium conversion located in the heart of the rapidly evolving Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The five-story, pre-war brick building features an exclusive collection of 18 residences at 520 West 45th Street developed by Gotham Organization.
Retaining the Spirit of a 20th Century Schoolhouse
Housed in the former PS51 elementary school, Inkwell condominium takes the inspiration of the building’s history and infuses it with luxurious modern finishes. Some original details including its Beaux Arts façade remain intact. Legacy Builders installed custom door frames and transoms complete with brass knobs and full-height library ladders on rails that operate along slides to reach ceiling height custom cabinetry in each residence. Blackboards are present in the kitchens and powder rooms, as subtle nods to the building’s former purpose.
“The interior construction performed on Inkwell demonstrates that a bold vision can transform a 20th-century school into a contemporary, hip residential space with modern amenities, while retaining sensitivity to a storied past,” said John Bennardo, President & CEO of Legacy Builders. “We are thrilled to have been involved in this unique project.”
Featuring Modern Amenities-Indoors and Out
All residences feature 13-foot ceilings in living and bedroom spaces, along with oversized windows and black walnut floors. Kitchens and bathrooms feature soapstone countertops with marble backsplashes. The residences also include stainless steel Viking appliances and Bosch compact washers and condensation dryers. Select residences include a gas fireplace. Legacy Builders worked closely with design firm AkroKO to install custom lighting throughout the residences, including resident’s mailboxes in the lobby, a custom caged light fixture in the gym, entry closets in each residence with extra storage compartments and bespoke light fixtures in the kitchens and bathrooms. Building amenities include a gym with an outdoor lounge and bike and tenant storage. Containing only 2 three-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom homes, Inkwell successfully provides a personal atmosphere and an air of exclusivity.
About Legacy Builders
Anchored by the core fundamentals of integrity, loyalty and professionalism, Legacy Builders has grown to become one of the most recognized General Contracting and Construction Management firms in the Tri-State area. Legacy’s team of over 130 skilled professionals are committed to managing your company’s renovation and expansion projects with an unparalleled attention to quality, schedule, budget and safety. Since Legacy’s inception in 2005, the firm’s expansive portfolio of high-quality construction includes a dynamic array of multi-family residential, corporate, retail, hospitality and education projects. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.legacybd.com.