It’s Free to Look: 33 West 56th Street

I.M. Pei’s first condo seems more like a delicate French tourist than a true resident of the rough and tumble world of midtown.

This is some precious 19 stories of glass and stone. Each of the limestone bricks was imported from France and then hand laid on the exterior. That might explain why they’re “animated by gentle wisps of brown veining,” according to the listing.

Inside, it's clear as well that no amateur designed this, with "blood Anigre wood," and "rich leather seating." There’s also a waterfall and a reflecting pool. If you need some pampering yourself, there’s a 6-foot cast iron bathtub that calls out for some soaking.

If you can say “starchitect” without smirking and happen to have up to $13 million, then this is probably the spot for you. — Laura Kusisto

I.M. Pei’s first condo seems more like a delicate French tourist than a true resident of rough and tumble midtown.

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