By Carter B. Horsley
The 14-story, blue-glass-clad
residential condominium building at 166 West 18th Street on the
southeast corner at Seventh Avenue is known as Yves.
It was developed by Lemadre
Development LLC, of which Mark Ravner is a principal and which
purchased the site in 2006 for about $25 million from Rose Realty
Group LLC of which Alfred Caiola is a principal.
The building has several setbacks beginning at the 8th floor and
it has 81 feet of frontage on the avenue. It also has the address
of 127 Seventh Avenue.
Ismael Leyva is the architect.
The building is highlighted
with stainless-steel bands and piers that run down from the roof
and setback corners in three, symmetrical, "U"-shaped
configurations centered on the building's corner at Seventh Avenue.
The narrow stainless-steel bands and piers are like Coco Chanel's
piping and are strong punctuation.
The building has an entrance
marquee, a concierge, 41 apartments and a swimming pool whose
bottom has a bold wavy pattern in its basement. Mr. Leyva's website
showed that baths will have free-standing tubs rising from a gravel
It replaced a four-story, red-brick
building that formerly housed a Sunday school and then a horse
stable and then Le Madri restaurant, which left the premises in
In June, 2005, the Council
of Chelsea Block Associations and Community Board 4 proposed that
that low-rise building be designated as a landmark but the Landmarks
Preservation Commission declined to calendar a hearing on it.
An article by Albert Amateau
in the March 15-21, 2006 edition of The Villager noted that "a
marble stone set in the face above the first floor had the words
'Mission School' on the first line and a second line with the
barely readable words 'Presbyterian church 5th Av 12th St.' with
a date on the last line that appeared to be 'AD 1874.' His article
also stated that "a history of the First Presbyterian Church
at Fifth Ave. at W. 12th St. indicates the church operated a mission
school from 1868 to 1885 but does not say where."
A photograph with that article
showed the building with a protruding center bay with two arched
inner bays, a sculpture of a horse's head above them, and a crenellated
cornice with a center pediment.
Apartments have Calcucine all
glass kitchen cabinetry, Sub-Zero refrigerators and Miele ovens
and bathrooms have Calcucine vanities, Duravit sinks and subs
and Starck 3 toilets. The building has Abigail Michaels concierge
service, a fitness center, individual storage space and a landscaped