400 West 57th Street’s Exterior Re-emerges After Decades Behind Scaffolding, in Hell’s Kitchen

The scaffolding that had obscured 400 West
57th Street
 for years has finally been removed, exposing
its ornamental masonry walls and arched windows. Once called
the
Windermere
, the property has had a long and complex history,
standing both as an architectural gem for the neighborhood of
Hell’s
Kitchen
and as a crumbling and almost-abandoned relic. The
eight-story structure, which is located at the corner of West 57th
Street and Ninth Avenue, suffered decades of neglect,
deterioration, and attracted a large number of homeless squatters
in the past. The façade was covered up with blue scaffolding and
netting, and the building’s fate was unknown for some time after
the disappearance of its owners, who reportedly left the country
for Japan. The redevelopment was an arduous process, due to
political drama and the task of getting the handful of remaining
tenants to vacate the structure.
Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
400 West 57th Street’s Exterior Re-emerges After Decades Behind Scaffolding, in Hell’s Kitchen