Morgan Stanley brings modern flare to New Albany
If you saw the inside of the New Albany building that stands at 15 South High St. before 2010, it’s likely you would never recognize it these days—that’s the year Lance White purchased it with the goal of making it modern.
White owns a handful of the buildings on South High, but this building was different. Built in 1910 as a single-family home, he says the space ended up becoming a planning area for the New Albany Company in the ‘80s. The evidence—giant maps that showcased Lex Wexner's vision—was still there when he purchased it. Since, the maps have been donated to the City of New Albany.
White refurbished and rented out the home for nearly a decade, but when he purchased it, he remembers daydreaming about it one day becoming his office. Fast forward to 2020, and he and his partners with Morgan Stanley were migrating from UBS at 180 Market Street to the space he’s always dreamt of.
Once White knew South High Street would be his team's new home, he wanted to go “all out,” he shares. With the help of Restoration Hardware, Morgan Stanley’s office is a symbol of luxury. Visitors are greeted with shiplap walls, fur accent rugs, and white sofas.
The conference room, one of White’s favorite spaces, features a desk which stretches to either side of the room with cozy chairs and eye-catching light fixtures; but, that’s just the preview of what’s to come.
Take the stairs to the next level of the 3,500 square-foot building to reveal three offices, each decked out with intentional final touches, like the bookshelves designed by Kim Leukart, and a newly added fireplace behind White’s desk. Most notable is the balcony connecting White’s office with the office of partner Shane Moran. The balcony was once a copper roof, but was removed to add the outdoor space.
Standing on the balcony may be the perfect view to overlook the garden, a Napa Valley inspired retreat with stone accents, a fire table and a fountain, ideas White had while at Restoration Hardware's tasting room in Yountville, California. The night sky reveals the decorative lights that keep the outdoor seating area well-lit, the perfect setting for an after-work cocktail.
“What we tried to do with the building is make it feel like it’s home, just really comfortable,” White says. “So if you want to sit outside by the garden or upstairs on the terrace, or you want to go for a walk around the streets in New Albany, which is just such a beautiful community, and really enjoy the fall, spring, or summer, you have the ability to do that.”
The garden also connects to Morgan Stanley’s out building, which serves as a secondary office suited for five of the 13 employees. There’s more that meets the eye in the additional office—a ladder leading to a cozy resting space for the team.
All of the details, down to the San Francisco based Phil’s Coffee, are meant to make team members feel perfectly at home.
“It's like going out and hanging out with your friends every day,” White says. “Everybody's always kind of cutting up and joking and having fun. Even at the end of the night, you might have to work late or something like that and everybody might get together for a cocktail or something.”
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Group
15 S. High St., New Albany, 43054
Partners: Lance White, Shane Moran, Sam Mccoy, Micheal Platte, Matthew Penrod