Originally designed in 1927 by Ralph Walker for the New York Telephone Company and completed in 1930, Stella is composed of solid pre-war construction, intricate handcrafted brick masonry, dramatic setbacks, and remarkable ornament. Walker was one of New York’s most successful and prolific architects and a master of modern ornament. Praised as “the only other honest architect in America” by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walker shaped New York’s skyline during the Roaring Twenties, including the iconic Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building, the magnificent Irving Trust Building at One Wall Street in the heart of the city’s financial district, and the newly transformed Walker Tower in Chelsea.
Watch the recently released PBS special "Treasures of New York: Ralph Walker" documenting the architectural legend who pioneered "art deco" design and forged a new era of architecture in New York City. http://video.pbs.org/video/2365339620/
RALPH WALKER WAS ONE OF NEW YORK’S MOST SUCCESSFUL AND PROLIFIC ARCHITECTS
Walker invented a new language for telephone buildings across the country, shaped the Chicago and New York World’s Fairs of the 1930s, and became an outspoken advocate for his vision of a humane American city. Across the fifty years of his practice, Walker remained dedicated to defining a modern architecture that shaped and responded to human experience, from the dramatic towers of the dense city to the serene landscapes of the suburbs. Walker was even hailed “Architect of the Century” after having become the winner of the Centennial Award of Honor, bestowed by the American Institute of Architects.
Stella Tower’s ornamentation, handcrafted brick facade, entryway, terrazzo lobby floor, and remarkable crown have been carefully restored to reflect the brilliance of Ralph Walker’s masterpieces. By adopting Walker’s call that, “Building is an art devoted to interpreting human needs,” Stella Tower shines even more brightly. Along with solid pre-war construction, Stella Tower now enjoys energy efficient appliances, new building-wide mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, state-of-the-art safety systems, fob-controlled, high-speed, custom elevator cabs and new custom oversized tilt-and-turn windows.