Residents of Morningside Heights have watched as newcomer Claremont Hall, a transformative condominium tower, has risen from the campus of Union Theological Seminary (UTS), a globally respected 180-year-old center of theological education. The 41-story, mixed-use residential building designed by iconic New York architecture firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) recently launched sales for its 165 condominium units, slated for completion in 2023.
Claremont Hall’s location in Morningside Heights – often referred to as the “Academic Acropolis” for its proximity to a wide array of prestigious colleges and universities, as well as its position at the summit of a hill – provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for buyers to live immersed in the neighborhood’s rich history and academic culture. Located at 100 Claremont Avenue at the corner of West 120th Street, the building sits at the midpoint between Columbia University’s main campus and its $6 billion Manhattanville campus currently under construction on 125th Street. In addition to Columbia, the Broadway corridor in Morningside Heights is home to Barnard College, Teachers College, Bank Street College of Education, The City College of New York, Manhattan School of Music, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary. The result is an incredible community enriched by a constellation of inquiry, academic endeavors and innovation. For residents of the neighborhood, these colleges and universities are extraordinary resources for lessons, classes, lectures and performances.
The academic identity of Morningside Heights is enhanced by its esteemed architecture and history. The campus of Union Theological Seminary features a striking Gothic Revival character. Claremont Hall is designed to seamlessly integrate with the campus through a similar architectural language, one that allows it to live in harmony with landmark structures like Riverside Church and the General Grant National Memorial across the street. A combination of setbacks and terraces creates a facade that is contextual to its storied surroundings while yielding private outdoor space for select residences – a sought-after amenity for the modern buyer.
This contextual harmony extends to the building’s public and amenity spaces which merge Old World influences with a fresh sensibility. Designed by CetraRuddy, the curated mix of amenities include a wood-paneled library, grand dining room, children’s playroom, a creative maker’s room, resident lounge with a terrace, fitness center, onsite parking and a stunning indoor pool that is housed in the former refectory for seminary students and faculty. The pool includes soaring Gothic ceilings and original chandeliers and ceiling beams that provides a serene retreat for residents year-round.
The building is just steps away from Riverside and Sakura Parks, and a short distance from Morningside and Central Parks, providing buyers excellent access to greenspaces. Residents of Claremont Hall will also have access to shopping at the Columbia and Morningside greenmarkets, as well as dining at beloved culinary mainstays such as Absolute Bagels, The Hungarian Pastry Shop, Tom’s Restaurant, Melba’s, Levain Bakery, Koronet Pizza and more.
Because the first nine floors of Claremont Hall are dedicated to academic spaces for Union Theological Seminary, the residences for sale start on the 10th floor, allowing nearly all of them to enjoy sweeping views of the Hudson River, Midtown Manhattan skyline and/or nearby parks. The building is also well-served by transit due to its proximity to the 1, A, C, B and D trains.
The Claremont Hall sales team will host its next open house on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 from noon to 5 pm. These open houses will be held at the sales gallery (2818 Broadway). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 929-588-7832.