Carnegie Hill’s Living Landmark
Located one block from Central Park on the gentle rise of Carnegie Hill, The Wales has captured the elegance and distinction of this Upper East Side enclave for more than a century. Once a charming hotel attracting visitors from around the world, this distinguished landmark has been reimagined as a limited collection of gracious residences inspired by classic pre-war design.
Designed in 1899 by architect Louis Korn, The Wales’ well-preserved details on the neo-Renaissance façade exemplify his mastery of ornamentation. Cornices, quoins, and courses of brick and stone define each story, and richly carved pediments, scrolls, and keystone elements surround each window. A new entablature, created from Korn’s own design, restores the landmarked building’s original Italianate appearance.
Upon entering The Wales from Madison Avenue, residents and
guests are welcomed with the warmth and elegance befitting of a Carnegie Hill landmark.
Authentic architectural details abound in the form of coffered ceilings, pilasters, and fine moldings. Floors feature geometric patterns of Bianco Estremoz and Grigio Nicola marble with Zimbabwe Black granite accents. Antique mirrors reflect the luminosity of the brilliant custom brass chandelier, while a marble-clad fireplace creates an intimate ambience.
Amenities at The Wales, designed by Cabinet Alberto Pinto, include an elegant fitness center with richly toned oak wall paneling and equipment by Peloton, Hydrow, and NordicTrak and a pet spa with grooming station. Bicycle storage and private storage provide an added convenience for residents.
Cabinet Alberto Pinto
The Wales’ distinctive interiors have been conceived by the award-winning design studio Cabinet Alberto Pinto. The Paris-based atelier earned renown for founder Alberto Pinto’s embrace of refined materials fused with rich textures and patterns. Trained at the prestigious École du Louvre, Pinto also possessed a passion for the eclectic and drew creative inspiration from his extensive world travels.
Today, the firm carries on Pinto’s aesthetic legacy with finely detailed interiors crafted for an elite clientele, including luxury yachts, royal palaces, and private jets.
At The Wales, Cabinet Alberto Pinto has perfectly harmonized the interiors of the reimagined residences with the building’s original exterior. Timeless designs for the lobby, kitchens, and baths pay homage to the façade’s rich intricacy with a palette of exquisite finishes, custom details, and ornate patterning.