One of Manhattan’s iconic condominiums, Morgan Court, a castle-inspired 32-story tower overlooking the J.P. Morgan Library and Museum at 211 Madison Avenue, and backdrop for the film, “Sliver,” starring Sharon Stone and Billy Baldwin, is currently offering 23 luxurious condominium residences for immediate occupancy.
Third generation developer Mark Perlbinder funded the building’s construction in 1987, but chose to rent most of it, with just two luxury apartments per floor. Now, Morgan Court poses a rare opportunity for buyers — the chance to become the first owners of a legendary and somewhat immortalized condominium from another era with promises of views that span from the Chrysler Building to the Empire State Building.
“Finally, after waiting two decades, the time for buyers to own one of these prized apartments, has arrived,” said Reba Miller of R.P. Miller & Associates, which was retained by sponsor Perlbinder Construction LLC to market the apartments. “It was only recently that Perlbinder decided to modernize and reconfigure select homes, which are unusually large by today’s standards and further enhanced by offering buyers state-of-the-art design and two different styles of finishes.”
To help upgrade Morgan Court’s interior look, Perlbinder tapped Robyn Karp Interiors to refurbish all the units. Modern finishes were installed, as well as two fully furnished models, hallway and lobby refurbishment. The newly renovated and spacious homes, also designed by Karp, feature customized finishes for each of the residences, which range from 1,142 square foot one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-baths to 2,321 square foot two-bedroom, two-and-a-half baths with many units having balconies. Each home has individually controlled air conditioner and heating system, stained five-inch wide oak flooring, fine custom closet doors, 6-8″ base moldings, custom lighting with lutron switches and milk glass doors.
“True” eat-in kitchens with large windows have been modernized to include marble countertops, white subway tile backsplashes, Viking professional range and microwave, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, Bosch dishwasher, and custom cabinets. Open bathrooms tout fixtures by Ann Sacks – an industry leader for luxury stone and tile projects – Kohler double vanity sinks, Duravit Water closets, European Glass shower doors, and marble flooring.
“Morgan Court’s allure is further heightened with an extensive amenities package, including sweeping views of Manhattan, private garden, reflecting pool, and gated courtyard,” added Miller. “Adding to its appeal, the building is also within close proximity to the Empire State Building, New York Public Library and American Academy of Dramatic Arts and many more of the city’s most revered cultural institutions.”
Morgan Court is as beautiful outside as it is inside. Modeled after a 14th century medieval castle by architect Leibman & Leibman, the building’s façade differs from contemporary construction, with its signature rounded corners, comprised of expensive and rarely used custom-made Norman brick and entranceway distinguished by tall iron gates that lead to a cobblestone courtyard. Stationed in the rear is a suspended walkway over a reflecting pool all-leading to a secret private garden.
The Morgan Court “gatekeeper” — part of its “white glove service” and more commonly referred to as its doorman — is stationed in a distinctive glass kiosk inside the gates, where he can direct visitors to a full-time concierge located in the building’s inner lobby. The latter, along with Morgan Court’s elevator lobby, greenhouse and “secret” private garden with reflecting pool was part of architect John Saladino’s successful attempt to create a uniquely serene and totally private park in the center of midtown Manhattan.
The two fully furnished model apartments, offering buyers varying designs, are now open to the public by appointment.