The Artisans’ Gate
Even a masterpiece needs to have its story told. Even a timeless residential tower right on Central Park, designed by the legendary Bob Stern, the dean of American architects. For 220 Central Park South, the city’s premier new residential address, that story was about how all the lessons learned by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in decades of practice were applied to a unique design opportunity: an 18-story Villa honoring the street wall of Central Park South, a 950-story tower anchoring the city’s most significant skyline, woven together with a subtle choreography of motor court, conservatory, loggia, and a bosque of specimen trees. We named the Artisans’ Club, a graceful Thierry Despont-designed amenity in the tradition of Manhattan’s finest traditional residential clubs, for the Artisans’ Gate. That was Olmsted’s name for the park entrance closest to the main entrance of 220 Central Park South: one of the park’s eighteen original named gates. According to legend, it was Olmsted’s own preferred entrance for visiting the park; he gave it the name that evoked the craftsmanship, expertise, and artistry that all great designers value most.