Chelsea’s Walker Tower at 212 West 18th Street is one of the most appealing Art Deco residential buildings in Manhattan. When JDS Development converted the Verizon Building in 2014, they incorporated the building’s design details, meticulously restoring the elaborate brick façade. Interested buyers have included Cameron Diaz and Jeff Bezos.  

With 18-inch thick walls, bedrooms larger than most New York apartments and 14-foot ceilings, the apartments are virtual fortresses for celebrities and investors seeking privacy and quiet in the middle of Chelsea. The apartments have spacious foyers and showers. One duplex offers custom marble interiors and French herringbone oak flooring.

The building was originally designed by Ralph Thomas Walker, one of the premiere architects of Art Deco and Depression era icons. Walker designed many classic Art Deco skyscrapers including the Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building and One Wall Street. In order to give his building a commanding presence, Walker used nine shapes of brick with five different hues. Walker believed that the architect must be a psychologist in order for the “architect to design a building for man to be mentally comfortable in as it is for him to design one in which he will be physically comfortable” [1]

Currently, individual condos are selling for as high as $31 million, with prices increasingly dramatically when current owners choose to sell them.


[1] Cohen, Julie (writer & producer) (2014). Treasures of New York: Ralph Walker (TV program). WLIW.