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Czech Republic Plans to Gut UES Mission Building on Madison Avenue

By Shaye Weaver | June 7, 2016 11:30am

UPPER EAST SIDE — Officials from the Czech Republic are overhauling their Beaux-Arts building on Madison Avenue to include more condos and offices for mission staffers next year.

The Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations building at 1109 Madison Ave. and East 83rd Street will undergo gut-renovation of its interior, including a total reconfiguration of the space for its staff, according to architects Fradkin & McAlpin, which is designing the overhaul with A69 Architekti from the Czech Republic.

The redesign of the 35,000-square-foot building will also include an upgrade to its HVAC system and elevator.

The building currently has 16 residential units. It's not clear how many more will be added. The Czech mission did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

Its exterior will also be restored but its historic façade will be preserved, a spokeswoman for Fradkin & McAlpin said.

Plans are still in the works and have not yet been filed with the city, according to the spokeswoman. 

The eight-story brick building was erected as luxury apartments for wealthy New Yorkers by William Schickel and Isaac E. Ditmars during the Gilded Age period in 1898. 

Czechoslovakia bought the building for its United Nations mission in 1958 and in 1993 the Czech Republic took it over for the same purpose. The building currently houses those who work for the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Delegation to the United Nations.

1109 Madison Ave.