The former Hotel Wales—a turn-of-the-century landmark on the corner of Manhattan’s East 92nd Street and Madison Avenue in Carnegie Hill—was designed by architect Louis Korn and initially opened in 1901 as the 92-room Hotel Chastaignery. After four name changes, which included Hotel Bibo, Hotel Bon Ray, and the Carnegie Hill Hotel, the building finally became Hotel Wales in 2000. Since closing its doors to guests in 2020, The Hotel Wales has been transformed into 21 luxury condominiums.
The Wales was one of the very first structures in the historic landmarked neighborhood (that Woody Allen famously fought to preserve) and was built in 1899. It harkens to a bygone era of pre-war detail, quality construction, and impeccable design. The facade includes a cornice sized down by a team of preservationist architects so that the penthouse would not be too visible from the street per Landmark requirements.