Our history. Our city.
The histories of The Durst Organization and Sidney Fetner Associates date back generations. Together, the two family-owned companies have over 130 years of New York City real estate experience. Durst Fetner Residential was formed in 2008 as a way to leverage this experience and put into practice shared principles about innovation, community, and sustainability. Since its formation, Durst Fetner Residential has demonstrated its innovation by constructing The Epic, LEED Gold Certified with 458 rental units and The Helena, LEED Gold Certified with 600-rental units.
The history behind Durst Fetner Residential:
Joseph Durst purchases his first property, The Century Building at 1 West 34th Street.
Joseph Durst acquires Temple Emanu-El for $7 million, a property at 5th Ave and 43rd Street. The New York Times reports it "to be one of the most valuable parcels of real estate of its size in the world."
Joseph Durst purchases his first residential property, an apartment house at 5th Avenue and 85th Street.
The Durst Organization acquires 205 East 42nd Street. Constructed in 1927, the building was designed by Starett and Van Vleck, an architecture firm specializing in large New York City department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.
Sidney Fetner purchases a vacant lot, 100 by 87 feet, on the northwest corner of Matthews and Astor Avenues
in the Bronx.
The Westerly, a white brick apartment house on the west side of 8th Avenue between 54th and 55th Street, is completed. It was built by Sidney Fetner from architectural plans by Herbert Fleischer Associates.
The Mayflower is completed. Located at 245 East 87th Street, this residential building is built and owned by Sidney Fetner and Alfred Kohn.
East River Tower, a 35-story luxury apartment house located at 1725 York Avenue between 89th and 90th Streets, is completed.
Hal Fetner purchases the property that eventually will become The Chesapeake.
The Chesapeake is completed by Sidney Fetner Associates. Located at 345 East 94th Street, the 30-story building was designed by Costas Kondylis and Partners, LLP.
90 East End Avenue is completed, located at East 84th Street and East End Avenue. The 21-story building, a collaboration between Sidney Fetner Associates and Gotham Construction, was designed by
Costas Kondylis & Partners, LLP.
The Victory is completed, located at 561 Tenth Avenue. The 45-story building was designed by Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron (SLCE) Architects.
Douglas Durst partners with New York Water Taxi, a Durst affiliate. New York Water Taxi offers commuter and sightseeing service to points in New York Harbor, along the Hudson and East rivers.
The Helena, located at 601 West 57th Street, is completed. The 38-story building was designed by Fox & Fowle, and is the first voluntary LEED Gold certified residential tower in New York City.
The Epic is completed, located at 125 West 31st Street. The 58-story building was designed by FXFowle, and was the first project of the Durst Fetner Residential team.
The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is completed. The 54-story building was designed by Cook + Fox, and is among the most environmentally advanced commercial skyscrapers in the world.
Durst Fetner Residential main office moves to One Bryant Park.
1212 Fifth Avenue Sales Center opens. Located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile and Central Park, this prewar condominium building was exquisitely renovated by Durst Fetner Residential & Designed by S. Russell Groves.
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