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Inside the Glassy Tower Rising Behind the Landmark Temple Court

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All photos by Max Touhey for Curbed.

The 51-story concrete, metal, and glass tower rising behind the beloved Temple Court landmark has now topped out, meaning that the unlikely grouping of buildings is closer than ever to realizing its future as The Beekman, a combination hotel and condo development. To celebrate the milestone, we took a trip to the tippy top of the Beekman's residences to ogle the stunning panoramic views, and walk through the full-floor penthouses—which are still no more than a construction site. The tower has a ways to go before it unveils itself as multimillion dollar condos, but project broker Fredrik Eklund was in tow to sell us on all the glam and grandeur the development will embody as soon as next year, when the hotel portion of the Beekman opens to the public.

To the untrained eye, the jarringly angular Beekman residences tower designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarel bears little resemblance—other than its crowning turrets—to the stunning 1880s ten-story building, once among the tallest in New York, that it will adjoin. But the aesthetic difference isn't an oversight: Like the Financial District itself these days, the project brings together old and new. Temple Court, in disrepair after nearly 150 years standing, is being reformed with an attention to historic detail into a 287-key Thomspon Hotel. As a point of contrast, the structure that will hold the 68 Beekman residences looks contemporary, but nods to Temple Court's architecture with its facade's decorative etching and the tower's metal turrets, meant to emulate those that distinguish its older neighbor.

[Here's a look at the Beekman residence's sales gallery. The building model gives a better idea of how the three structures—the original Temple Court, the annex to Temple Court built around the turn of the century, and the Beekman residences—will stand together. More on the sales office later.]

The Beekman residences hit the market in October 2014 from $1.265 million. After one month on the market, 25-percent of the building had sold. Now, StreetEasy shows that of the building's 36 active sales, 31 are in contract. The two full-floor penthouses have yet to hit the market, but will be asking somewhere north of $10 million, Eklund says. They'll be the only two of the 68 residences to have private outdoor space and fireplaces, and not to mention those stunning 360-degree views. Let's have a look at those, shall we?

· All coverage of The Beekman [Curbed]