Trump International Hotel and Tower (New York)

Trump International Hotel and Tower
4118-NYC-Columbus Circle.JPG
Former names Gulf & Western Building
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential
Address 15 Columbus Circle
New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°46′07″N 73°58′54″W / 40.768582°N 73.981633°W / 40.768582; -73.981633Coordinates: 40°46′07″N 73°58′54″W / 40.768582°N 73.981633°W / 40.768582; -73.981633
Construction started 1968
Completed 1970
Renovated 1995–1997
Owner General Electric Pension Trust
Roof 583 feet (178 m)
Technical details
Floor count 44
Design and construction
Architect Thomas E. Stanley

The Trump International Hotel and Tower is a high-rise building, located at 1 Central Park West on Columbus Circle between Broadway and Central Park West, in Manhattan, New York City. The building is 583 feet (178 m) tall.[1] It is owned by the General Electric Pension Trust and features hotel rooms and residential condominiums.[3]



The building was originally the Gulf and Western Building, designed by Thomas E. Stanley and built in 1969.[3] The tower was designed for office use, and was built in isolation, away from other high-rise buildings. Because of this, the building would slightly sway during strong winds, a minor inconvenience that did not exist for buildings built close to each other.[4]

In 1994, Donald Trump became involved with the building and planned to convert it into a hotel that would include condominium units. Because of zoning laws, only approximately 200 units could be used as condominiums, while the lower portion of the tower – up to the 14th floor – would be used for hotel rooms.[4]

Paramount Communications (previously Gulf and Western) was the tenant of the office building at the time, with its lease set to expire in April 1995, at which point Trump could begin renovations on the building. Trump planned to have trusses and columns installed throughout the building to make the tower rigid and stable, in order to remove the impact of strong winds. The reconstruction process was expected to take two years, at a cost of $230 million.[4] Between 1995 and 1997, the building was stripped to its skeleton and given a new facade designed by Philip Johnson and Costas Kondylis.[citation needed]

The building is used as the setting of the 2011 comedy crime film Tower Heist.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Trump International Hotel & Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  2. Jump up ^ Trump International Hotel and Tower (New York City) at Emporis
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000), AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.), New York: Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5 , p.316
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c Dunlap, David W. (July 17, 1994). "For a Troubled Building, a New Twist". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  5. Jump up ^ "'Tower Heist' filming in NY". New York Post. 4 November 2011.