The Argonaut Building

An instantly recognizable, inarguably stunning white terra cotta neo–Gothic structure that rises 10 stately stories over the intersection of Broadway and 57th Street, the Argonaut Building also happens to have become a New York City landmark in 2000.

Many New York buildings have the feel of landmarks; far fewer are actual landmarks. The Argonaut Building is both. The Argonaut Building’s distinctive style is striking enough — the unique neo-Gothic looks hearken back to the building’s history; the Argonaut Building was designed by Francis Kimball, and was constructed in 1909 with aesthetics designed to compliment a now-vanished nearby church.

It has since been home to General Motors, the World War II-era Voice of America, and the Hearst Corporation. In 2009, in an extravagant 100th-birthday present from new owners M1 Real Estate, the Argonaut Building received a dramatic green makeover that transformed it from a piece of New York architectural history into, well, a piece of New York architectural history with impeccable sustainable bona fides and a pending application for LEED Gold certification.

Considering that the Argonaut Building includes 40,000 square feet of retail space on the first three floors and 135,000 square feet of class-A office space above, a lot of work was required. When the $50 million renovation concludes, though, The Argonaut Building will have modern new elevators, a gleamingly restored lobby and 24-hour security and concierge presence; it will also boast LEED Gold Certification for Core and Shell.

The Argonaut Building’s renovation is highlighted by the installation of a host of new, supremely energy-efficient building systems — everything from the HVAC system to plumbing and electric will get a state of the art update — that should leave the Argonaut Building as transformed on the inside as it is distinctive on the outside. The Argonaut Building, in short, is on its way to becoming a bona fide landmark, albeit of a different kind, in Midtown’s emerging green scene.

224 W 57th St, New York, New York  
Columbus Circle 
LEED–CS Version 2.0, Gold 
M1 Real Estate 
Francis Kimball 
Year Built
1909, renovated in 2009 
Square Footage
135,000 square feet (office); 20,000 square feet (retail) 
Restored lobby; 24–hour concierge; New York City Landmark 


  • Renovated Elevators
  • Upgraded Building Systems