New York City Residences That Harmonize Historical and Modern Elements

520 Fifth | ALDEN STUDOS

New York City, with its centuries-old history, showcases a captivating blend of the past and present. This duality is evident in much of the city’s architecture, where historical elements seamlessly integrate with modern features. Let’s look at some of New York City’s residences that beautifully capture this unique fusion.

Sutton Tower

Sutton Tower, the East Side’s tallest residential building, epitomizes Manhattan’s renowned modern architectural excellence. Influenced by New York’s history, the building’s exterior design incorporates Art Deco influences and Bavarian limestone that reflects Sutton Place’s architectural heritage. Each residence exudes a sleek, modern style and top-of-the-line contemporary comforts.

Sutton Tower | Courtesy of Sutton Tower

Monogram NY

Nestled on East 47th Street in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Monogram NY captivates with its exquisite blend of timeless glamour and contemporary flair. Designed by Ismael Leyva Architects, with interiors by the renowned studio Neri & Hu, this residence exudes sophistication at every turn. Drawing inspiration from New York’s Art Deco past, the building incorporates geometric shapes, polished metals, and decorative flourishes. The residences feature a contemporary style and offer breathtaking views.

Monogram NY | Recent Spaces

520 Fifth

520 Fifth is an upcoming residential development in Midtown, set to feature 100 residences upon its completion. Designed by the world-famous architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), with interiors by Charles & Co., this building pays homage to the Beaux-Arts era with its architectural flourishes and arched windows. However, its modern interiors ensure a contemporary living experience for residents, complete with gorgeous city views and premier materials creating an elegant atmosphere.


720 West End Avenue

720 West End Avenue, originally designed by Emery Roth in the pre-war era, is undergoing a transformation into a modern condominium with 131 luxury units in the highly sought-after Upper West Side. Built in 1927 with a Renaissance Revival-style exterior, the renovation team at BP Architects is committed to maintaining its original style and character. The interior renovation process is led by famed designer Thomas Juul-Hansen. Juul-Hansen’s approach aims to seamlessly blend the pre-war charm with contemporary elements, featuring high ceilings, custom-finished architectural details and coveted river and city views, resulting in a captivating fusion that honors the building’s rich history.

720 West End Avenue | Courtesy of VMI Studio