Nearly three years ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission cleared a condominium conversion with a rooftop addition for a building in NoHo. A lot has changed since then, and offices are now the plan.
The building is 31 Bond Street, located between Lafayette Street and Bowery. The seven-story structure, built between 1888 and 1889, was designed by DeLemos & Cordes. It fell under the LPC’s jurisdiction in 2008, with the designation of the NoHo Historic District Extension.
In September 2009, SoHo-based architect Matthew Baird was tasked with designing the aforementioned condo conversion, complete with a rooftop addition and flashy rear façade, which was approved by the LPC. Now, the owner has decided to convert to the building to office space with ground floor retail. Baird is still on board and his design this time around is better than before.
The new storefront will have a retail entrance on the right and an office entrance on the left. The non-original fire escape will be removed from the front façade, revealing the building’s gorgeous fenestrations. New windows will also be installed as part of an overall restoration program.
Commissioner Adi Shamir-Baron noted Tuesday that the rendering presented shows a new color for the cornice, brown instead of the current green. Baird said research showed the cornice used to be brown.
LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan called this a “very good project” and said the building “will be a great asset” for the street. Commissioner Diana Chapin was happy to see the fire escape removed, as she said it obscured a great building.
Manhattan Community Board 2 was supportive of the restoration, but had no opinion on the change of use.
In the end, the commissioners voted, unanimously, to approve the work.