Home design company Restoration Hardware is one step closer to actually being your home, albeit temporarily. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved its proposal for a hotel at 55 Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District.
The hotel would be an adaptive reuse of the existing building, located between Ninth Avenue and Greenwich Street. The five-story-tall store and loft building was designed by Joseph M. Dunn and built in 1887. It fell under the LPC’s jurisdiction in 2003, with the designation of the Gansevoort Market Historic District.
Dubbed RH Guesthouse, it will have 14 rooms, according to a report from Crain’s in August of 2016. The design for the building’s renovation comes from architect Caroline Otto of TriBeCa-based Anderson Architects, who worked with preservation consultant Jacqueline Peu-Duvallon.
The proposal first came before the commission in December of 2016, presented almost entirely by Peu-Duvallon. The commissioners’ big problem was the visibility of the glass railing for the rooftop pools.
This time around, Peu-Duvallon made the entire presentation, which saw the entire rooftop addition, which includes a new sixth floor and mechanical equipment, lowered 26 inches. In addition, the cornice (which will be brand new and meant to evoke the one lost prior to designation) has been made taller and deeper. Also, the glass railing (which will now be butt jointed) will be behind the parapet, not on top of it. Oh, the new cornice will also be darker than as proposed in December.
The plan also calls for replacing ground floor infill, replacing the existing awning with a new corrugated wire glass one, adding lights, removing non-original fire escapes, installing new wood windows, and removing an existing chimney and bulkhead.
LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan called the new proposal “responsive” and Commissioner Michael Goldblum called it “much better.” He suggested that the cornice be made even taller, so as to further reduce the visibility of the glass. He also asked for the applicant to work with the LPC staff to reduce the visibility of the new addition from Little West 12th Street. The commission’s approval included Goldblum’s suggestions.
View the full presentation slides here: