LPC Chair, Top Architects Review NYC’s Adaptive Reuse Projects

Some of biggest current adaptive reuse projects: St. Ann's Warehouse (via Curbed NY), 111 West 57th Street, Tammany Hall, 10 Jay Street, and 28 Liberty Street
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  1. tg says:

    What’s not discussed – the out of control costs associated with owning & maintaining a Landmarked building. The recent renovation of St. Patricks was approximately $3,100/sf, and the average grant from NYS is 12,000 = 4 sf renovated (excluding legal & paperwork costs.)
    who pays??

  2. Luanne Konopko says:

    I’m pleased to say that RKTB Architects (at the time Rothzeid Kaiserman & Thomson) designed the afore-mentioned conversion of the Eagle Warehouse Apartments at 28 Old Fulton Street. Another of the many significant adaptive reuse projects completed by RKTB but not mentioned here was 455 Central Park West, which transformed America’s first cancer hospital into a residential condominium in the early 2000s. RKTB designed the adaptive reuse of the landmark which was combined with a new, 27-story tower designed by Perkins Eastman.

    Originally built in 1884, the hospital was converted into a notorious nursing home known as “The Towers” in 1956 that was subsequently abandoned in the 1970s. By the time RKTB became involved with its redevelopment the building had fallen into advanced stages of decay, posing a number of major structural challenges. Careful research was required by the Landmarks Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office to restore all aspects of the exterior. Rotten roof beams necessitated the removal of the entire historic roof which was rebuilt with permanent material, and the deteriorated interior structure required removal and replacement with a new concrete structure. Significant portions of the landmark’s interior, such as a large chapel space and a wrought iron grand stair, were also restored to become highlighted features of the new program. The project received 5 awards, including a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from New York Landmarks Conservancy and Project of the Year: Adaptive Reuse Award from New York Construction.

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