The early years of architect Costas Kondylis’ career were defined by frustration, until a chance meeting changed his life. That meeting was with Donald Trump, and Kondylis would go on to design a number of Trump’s buildings, including the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle, several buildings at Trump Place on the Upper West Side, and the Trump World Tower near the United Nations.
His work for Trump would put Kondylis’ name on the map and eventually he became the most prolific architect New York City has ever seen, designing more than 85 buildings in the city.
Watch the first part of the six-part mini-doc on Kondylis and Trump’s collaboration above, and look out for part two tomorrow, which takes the story to the 1980s, the decade that saw the birth of the luxury condominium. For more videos, visit The Real Deal‘s YouTube channel. See the full feature-length documentary, “Building Stories,” here. The TRD-produced film has aired on PBS affiliate WNET.
Video produced by Amir Korangy and Toni Comas.