Originally built in 1909 and located one blockeast of Union Square, the project included amajor renovation and upgrade of an historicallysignificant, 13-story, terra cotta clad retail andcommercial office building. In addition to acomplete replacement and modernization ofall major building systems, the project includedthe carefully studied installation of a concretemoment frame to address current seismic codes.
Retail space occupies the basement throughthird floors of the building, while floors abovethis level are occupied as “Class A” office space.Three modern high-speed elevators, includingcustom crafted cab interiors, an entirely newsystem of emergency exit stairs, and woodpaneled elevator/office entrance lobbies werealso a part of the project.
Conceived as if it were part of the original1909 building, BAR also designed a welcomingstreet level façade and entry lobby to servethe offices above. Handcrafted, richly-veinedand ornately detailed marble blocks and slabswere first quarried and fabricated in Italy, thenfield-installed, as the finishing touch to thecompletely rejuvenated building.