9 WEST 57TH STREET
Developer: Sheldon Solow
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
9 West 57th Street's spectacular views and large floors and impressive quality commanded very high rentals despite its "bell-bottom" epithets. While its sloping north and facades draws jeers and gasps, its east and west facades are superb with large exposed crossed supports, shown at the left, contained within a recessed bay, one of the city's rare "high-tech" exposures.
Sheldon Henry Solow
Real estate. NYC. 65. Married, 2 sons. Went out on a limb to build
1.5million-sq.-ft. Manhattan skyscraper 1972: "We're in barracuda land. You can only get away with this once.'' You only have to get away with it once: 9 West 57th Street, NYC's "bellbottom'' building with sloping glass sides and catchy red "9'' sculpture on sidewalk, considered one of best in city. Gets premium rents for great location, park views. Also has some lesser Manhattan office space and residential properties. Known as fierce negotiator: ``He's an impossible man.'' Respected collector of modern art. Press-shy. Net of known debt, worth an estimated $330 million, mostly from 9 West 57th.