The Argonaut Building

An instantly recognizable, inarguably stunning white terra cotta neo-Gothic structure that rises 10 stately stories over the intersection of Broadway and 57th Street, the Argonaut Building also happens to have become a New York City landmark in 2000.

Many New York buildings have the feel of landmarks; far fewer are actual landmarks. The Argonaut Building is both. The Argonaut Building’s distinctive style is striking enough — the unique neo-Gothic looks hearken back to the building’s history; the Argonaut Building was designed by Francis Kimball, and was constructed in 1909 with aesthetics designed to compliment a now-vanished nearby church.

It has since been home to General Motors, the World War II-era Voice of America, and the Hearst Corporation. In 2009, in an extravagant 100th-birthday present from new owners M1 Real Estate, the Argonaut Building received a dramatic green makeover that transformed it from a piece of New York architectural history into, well, a piece of New York architectural history with impeccable sustainable bona fides and a pending application for LEED Gold certification.

Considering that the Argonaut Building includes 40,000 square feet of retail space on the first three floors and 135,000 square feet of class-A office space above, a lot of work was required. When the $50 million renovation concludes, though, The Argonaut Building will have modern new elevators, a gleamingly restored lobby and 24-hour security and concierge presence; it will also boast LEED Gold Certification for Core and Shell.

The Argonaut Building’s renovation is highlighted by the installation of a host of new, supremely energy-efficient building systems — everything from the HVAC system to plumbing and electric will get a state of the art update — that should leave the Argonaut Building as transformed on the inside as it is distinctive on the outside. The Argonaut Building, in short, is on its way to becoming a bona fide landmark, albeit of a different kind, in Midtown’s emerging green scene.

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545 Madison Avenue Building Details

Address
224 W 57th St, New York, New York  
Submarket :
Columbus Circle  
Certifications :
LEED-CS V2.0, Gold  
Stories :
10  
Square Footage :
135,000 square feet (office); 20,000 square feet (retail)  
Owner :
M1 Real Estate  
Architect :
Francis Kimball  
Year Built :
1909, renovated in 2009  
Notes :
Restored lobby; 24-hour concierge; New York City Landmark