03-20-2012 - Curbed
Chelsea Conversion Plays Up Architect's 1957 Reputation
We've already discussed the sky-high pricing at Walker Tower, the Chelsea conversion of a former Verizon building into condos asking between $3,000 and $10,000/square foot. One thing at the building is free: the exhibit (Warning: music and video) about the life and work of architect Ralph Walker, which opens to the public next week. And the building's new signage, above, is happy to play that up, trumpeting the "architect of the century" label the Times gave to Walker in 1957. Work is already underway on the condo conversion of a second Walker-designed building at 435 West 50th Street, so maybe we can just forget about that half-century of obscurity in the middle.