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About the project

233 W 49th Street

New York, NY



Belvedere Hotel


Matt S. Markowitz Architect PC


New York, NY

Completion date


This existing six-story, steel and masonry building was originally designed for residential use. The structure was surveyed and re-augmented for use as a new hotel, known as the Pearl Hotel. The building was extended to twelve levels and a concrete elevator and stair core was added for lateral stability. Existing steel framing was designed to bolster accordingly.

Designed a Vertical Augmentation

DRPILLA designed the vertical augmentation that included an additional six stories, making the building a total of 12 stories. The existing column foundations were found to be bearing on bedrock and adequate to sustain the additional loads imparted by the proposed addition and modifications. However, the building’s structural system required reinforcing which included new footings and plates for all the existing columns. A new elevator shaft also provides lateral stability for the building.

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