Public Housing with a new image / Completion 1994

The eleven-story building is home for 87 senior citizens and a community center in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Sondra Thomas was built as in a private/public partnership in a competitive Turnkey Program for the New York City Housing Authority.  Although it fits the requirements for affordable senior housing, it is often identified as a luxury building typical of its Upper West Side location.  It has been recognized in publications, featured in a national AIA Affordable Housing tour, and received a 2000 Housing Award for Design Excellence by the Boston Society of Architects and AIA New York Chapter.  The jury described it as:

"extremely efficient apartment planning for affordable housing...It is marked by good, crisp plans and thoughtful development of the groundscape...This is a terrific background building that enriches its neighborhood"