About Trump Palace, 200 East 69th Street
The tallest building on the Upper East Side, this 634-foot-high slender tower is one of the city's handsomest buildings.
The form and proportions of this 56-story tower are terrific.
Although its crenellated top recollects that of the famous Chanin Building on the southwest corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, this is far too sophisticated a tower to be described as Post-Modern.
Its architect, Frank Williams & Associates, had previously designed the residential portion of one of the city's most important Post-Modern complexes, World Wide Plaza on a former site of Madison Square Garden in west Midtown. Here, the architects have sculpted a very interesting tower that is an aggressive and very specific intrusion into the skyline, one that represented a significant departure for its famous developer, who previously was preoccupied with glitz and slickness.
This is a brick building, to begin with. It has many traditional "courses" that cap, or separate, different divisions of the tower. Its shape is distinctly complex and not at all clean-cut.
Given the general anti-high-rise sentiment of the city at the time this was built in 1991, it is quite stunning that Trump was able to pull this project off. Third Avenue, of course, was no stranger to high-rise "luxury" towers in the 60's, including another Trump project several blocks to the south, but this stands in splendid isolation. As such, it toppled the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue at 76th Street as the most prominent, unofficial landmark on the Upper East Side. More importantly, it greatly improved the Upper East Side skyline for Upper West Siders.