Jessica Gracey, Alicia Cannon, David Ashen collaborate for penthouse of The Tuscany, a St. Giles Boutique Hotel

The Tuscany, a St. Giles Boutique Hotel, set in Manhattan’s Murray Hill section (at East 39th St. between Lexington and Park Avenues), unveiled its newly renovated 3,000 square-foot, 17th floor penthouse. The penthouse is a collaboration between three design firms, and is part of a just-completed, multi-million dollar hotel renovation.

Involved in the renovation of the penthouse were: Gensler’s interior designer Jessica Gracey, who spearheaded the penthouse living room; AJC Design’s owner, Alicia Cannon, who designed the penthouse’s master bedroom; and dash design’s designer/principal David Ashen, who conceptualized the penthouse’s kitchen and bar area.

St. Giles assigned separate areas of the penthouse for each designer to mold and design. The redesign eyed to represent Tuscany’s old world charm dating back to the 1920s, and combining an urbane modern style.


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The penthouse has a 1,200-square-foot wrap-around outdoor terrace with high, vaulted ceilings from salvaged materials at an Upstate New York barn, plus a living room area with a corten steel fireplace. The penthouse offers views of New York City landmarks such as The Chrysler building and the Empire State Building.

Inspired by 19th century Russian immigrant Henry Mandel, who helped build New York, The Tuscany originally opened in 1928 with 14 floors of apartments and a round-arched ornamental Tuscan style, later becoming the first New York City hotel to have telephones in every bathroom and the world’s first to introduce color TVs.  The hotel now offers 124 completely renovated residential-style guestrooms, suites and the 17th floor penthouse suite.