15 William

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Coordinates: 40°42′19.44″N 74°0′36″W / 40.7054000°N 74.01000°W / 40.7054000; -74.01000

15 William
15 William Condominium.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential condominium
Address 15 William Street, New York, New York, U.S.
Construction started 2004
Completed 2008
Roof 528 feet (161 m)
Technical details
Floor count 47
Design and construction
Architect Tsao & McKown, SLCE Architects, SPAN Architecture, and Allied Works Architecture
Developer SDS Investments, André Balazs Properties, and CIM Group

15 William, formerly known as the William Beaver House, is a 47-floor condominium apartment building located at 15 William Street on the corner of Beaver Street[1] in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. It opened in 2008, at which time it was the only ground-up residential development in the Financial District. It was designed by the New York firms Tsao & McKown and SLCE Architects, with interiors and public spaces designed by SPAN Architecture and Allied Works Architecture and developed by SDS Investments, André Balazs Properties, and CIM Group. The building is 528 feet (161 m) high, and includes 320 units.[2]

Architecture and design[edit]

The building has a brick exterior with dark grey and gold panels between the windows. Shears and staggers in the building, together with subtle disruptions in the building's facade, were incorporated to diffuse light down the streets of lower Manhattan and position apartments to get the most light and views in a part of the city that is densely built.[3] [4] Its general appearance has earned it the nickname "The Post-It Note Building".[5]

Apartments and amenities[edit]

According to two of the project's principal architects, Calvin Tsao and Zack Mckown, the condominium was designed as a "vertically integrated village" and a "self-sufficient place to live."[6]

The interiors have open living spaces and bathrooms with separate rain showers and oversized deep-soaking tubs. Bedrooms and bathrooms are en suite with louvred doors. [7]

The property includes a fitness center with an outdoor terrace, squash court, yoga studio, boxing gym, indoor saltwater swimming pool, outdoor saltwater jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and a children's playground designed by Jean-Gabriel Neukomm of SPAN Architecture as well as a slate-clad wall intended for children to use as a chalkboard. It also has a covered dog-run, landscaped roof deck, rooftop lounge with catering kitchen and views of Manhattan and the NYC harbor, event space, movie theater, and an outdoor basketball court. Residents have private storage bins. [8]

The ground floor of the building includes retail space with a deli and a subterranean parking lot. [9]

Reception and developments[edit]

In September 2016, Interior Design ranked 15 William one of the "5 Enviable Residential Buildings in New York."[10] The building was ranked one of the "Top 50 Luxury Condos & Co-ops in Manhattan" by Manhattan Scout.[11] New York Family included 15 William on its list of the most family-friendly buildings in New York City. [12] The AIA Guide to New York City called the building "daring amidst the financial district's monochromatic canyons."[13]

In 2015, 15 William was featured in a series of articles in Domino Magazine where designers redecorated several apartments throughout the building.[14][15][16][17]

In 2007, the building's three penthouses were each sold for prices ranging between $4.7 to $5 million, the highest price per square foot ever paid in the Financial District at the time.[18]



  1. ^ "William Beaver House" on Emporis.com
  2. ^ "The William Beaver FAQ: Rental Prices, 'Murphy Kitchens,' More!" on Curbed.com (January 28, 2011)
  3. ^ "William Beaver House". TsAO & McKOWN. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "15 William Street". Allied Works Architecture. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Norval White; Elliot Willensky; Fran Leadon (9 June 2010). AIA Guide to New York City. American Institute of Architects. New York Chapter. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 16–. ISBN 978-0-19-538386-7. 
  6. ^ Slesin, Suzanne (April 15, 2007). "Me! Me! Me! All the Way Home". New York Times. 
  7. ^ Slesin, Suzanne (April 15, 2007). "Me! Me! Me! All the Way Home". New York Times. 
  8. ^ https://www.brickunderground.com/blog/2014/04/catering_kitchen_a_bust_at_15_william
  9. ^ Slesin, Suzanne (April 15, 2007). "Me! Me! Me! All the Way Home". New York Times. 
  10. ^ http://www.interiordesign.net/slideshows/detail/9322-feature-the-good-life/
  11. ^ https://www.manhattanscout.com/luxury-condos
  12. ^ http://www.newyorkfamily.com/moving-on-up/
  13. ^ American Institute of Architects., White, N., & Willensky, E. (1978). AIA guide to New York City. New York: Macmillan. p. 16.
  14. ^ "15 william street homeware apartment". Domino.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  15. ^ "15 william street j+d thomasville". Domino.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  16. ^ "15 william street the mitchell gold + bob williams apartment". Domino.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  17. ^ "15 william street Dekar x Ballard Designs". Domino.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  18. ^ http://observer.com/2007/11/sold-beaver-house-condos-go-for-5-m-a-financial-district-record-says-beaver-lover-balazs/

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