Discover This Iconic Manhattan Building’s Design-Forward Renovation


Outside view of the renovated Astor building as seen from above

Interior of the Astor lobby, with two green-velvet swivel chairs, abstract artwork and mirrors lining the walls

One of the Upper West Side’s finest examples of prewar architecture, The Astor was constructed by its namesake, a descendant of one of New York’s most prominent families, in 1901. Defined by large woodburning fireplaces, gracious moldings and solid-wood flooring in a herringbone pattern, the luxurious residence has been a staple of the neighborhood for over a century.

However, recently, the midrise property has undergone a thorough restoration. Design firm Pembrooke & Ives has orchestrated a revitalization that brought the landmarked building up to date without compromising on the details that make it so distinct.

Also involved in the process was Ash NYC—the creative agency behind such historically informed hotels as Baltimore’s Ulysses and Detroit’s The Siren—who was tapped for the design of several of the building’s model residences. In addition, three new penthouses are in the works to complete the landmark’s rejuvenation.