A History of Elegance and Class
BellTel Lofts, located in Downtown Brooklyn, adjacent to the Metro
Tech Center, was built in 1929-1930 as the headquarters for New
York Telephone headquarters. Its traditional Art Deco silhouette
was designed by Ralph Walker one of New York’s preeminent twentieth
century architects and a master of the Art Deco style. In 2004,
the building was designated a landmark by The New York City Landmark
Preservation Commission. Today it is a luxury condominium with
250 residences that offer great space, light and views to Manhattan,
the Statue of Liberty, the river and its bridges.
Described by the Commission as a “great architectural masterpiece
in New York City,” BellTel Lofts brings classic style and sophistication
to an area booming with new construction. Largely because of architect
Walker’s work, the Art Deco style became synonymous with modernity
and the rapid advancement of technology in the 1920s.
In 2005, Clipper Equity LLC purchased the vacant office building
and hired the architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle, renown for
its renovation and restoration of Grand Central Station, to convert
the space into condominiums and to restore the Art Deco grandeur
to the building. BBB infused many modern elements into the classic
The 27-story building is comprised of iron-spotted orange brick
that rises in a series of sculptural setbacks to a prominent central
tower. The masterful brick patterns and undulating planes are suggestive
of draperies and reinforce the verticality of the building and
its Art Deco style. This is further emphasized by the striking
ornamental metalwork on the display windows and entrances on the
street level and the grand marble walls, terrazzo floor and metalwork
in the lobby.
In both the exterior and interior, BBB’s modifications and additions
respect the principles and concepts of the original architect,
but their designs clearly belong to the present. Among these, the
handcrafted wood wall that divides the residential lobby from the
commercial space. As envisioned by BBB, the artistic wall becomes
an extension of the original terrazzo floor, and adds a new identifying
character to the lobby that suggests the past and clearly speaks
to current design sensibilities.
With this same eye for detail, BBB restored the floors, fixed
the ceiling plaster and matched its gold paint. The building had
12 elevators, which is not necessary for residential living, so
BBB took one elevator shaft and created the mail room framing it
with the elevator’s original metalwork doors.
There are now 250 residences in BellTel Lofts and due to the tiered
set backs there are 100 different floor plans; 58 residences have
terraces. BellTel Lofts has studios to three bedroom lofts ranging
from 600 to 2,700 square feet.
The residential interiors have bamboo flooring, sliding glass
walls, open kitchens, spa-like baths and en-suite storage spaces.
BellTel Lofts offers more space for the money as compared to similar
luxury apartments in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
In addition, to the residential condominiums, there is approximately
39,000 square-feet of retail space available for purchase or lease
on the ground and below-grade floors. There is also a newly constructed
one level underground parking garage
BellTel Lofts is in close proximity to the borough’s most coveted
neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Boerum Hill and
Fort Greene, as well as all the cultural and recreational offering
of those areas. BellTel Lofts is convenient to the LIRR Atlantic
Avenue station, numerous subway stations, including the City’s
second largest subway hub.
BellTel Lofts has been approved for a J-51 Property Tax Abatement
by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
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- 12 buildings were removed from the site to
create the building
- Built in 1929 – 1930
- 27 stories = 350 Feet in Height
- Cost $5,500,000 in 1929
- Original Contractor – Caldwell-Wingate Company (contractor
Brooklyn Municipal Building)
- Original Architect – Ralph Walker of Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker
(architect of the Barcley Vessey Building in NYC)
- Part of the Metro-Tech complex
- The conversion received a unanimous vote from the community
and the NYC Landmark Commission.
- Historic restoration and conversion by Beyer Blinder Belle
- Designated a New York City Landmark in 2004