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    Default James White Building - 361 Broadway

    Several attempts have been made to renovate this outstanding building at the corner of Franklin St. Although intact, it had been slowly deteriorating over the years.

    From the 1980 Landmarks Designation report:
    No. 361 Broadway, built in 1881-1882 for James L. White, was designed by W. Wheeler Smith, a well respected architect active in New York during the last two decades of the nineteenth century. It was one of the last commercial buildings produced during the transformation of lower Broadway, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, from a residential boulevard into the city's commercial center. One of Wheeler's few forays into the field of cast-iron architecture, No. 361 Broadway is also one of the small number of late (post-1880) cast-iron buildings in the city. Its elevations, composed of rows of columns supporting heavy entablatures, are adored with some of the finest and most inventive cast-iron ornament anywhere in New York or the United States. Based on abstract floral forms, the ornamentation changes from floor to floor, providing No. 361 with two unusually handsome and richly varied facades, which make the building one of the most prominent surviving on lower Broadway.
    Full designation report

    The building was purchased a few years ago by Knightsbridge Properties; and according to their website, was designed by W. Wheeler Smith after he died.

    Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, who specialize in historic restoration, were hired to renovate the building.

    The results are spectacular.

    Architect Shigeru Ban designed a pair of two-level rooftop residences, and came to New York for a presentation to the Landmarks Preservation Committee. The addition was approved on June 5th.

    Article at Curbed

    They must have really liked it; the addition will be visible from the street, and the LPC is reluctant to give approval for additions unless they are sufficiently set back.

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    These greedy jerks should not make additions to perfect structures.
    Last edited by londonlawyer; June 16th, 2012 at 09:04 PM.

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    Knightsbridge Properties has amended its website, acknowledging that W Wheeler Smith designed 361 Broadway while he was still alive.

    And Shigeru Ban has released new renderings of the addition.

    Shigeru Ban’s Modern Penthouse Addition Unites Indoor and Outdoor Spaces in Manhattan

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    (Renderings Courtesy Hayes Davidson)

    Renderings for Shigeru Ban‘s rooftop addition to a landmark Tribeca building have been revealed. Newly recast as a luxury residential space, the 132-year old cast-iron building located at 361 Broadway is set to receive a new metal-and-glass-clad cap. This twin duplex penthouse will be joined by a revamped interior also designed by the Japanese architect. The existing structure will be filled by 11 duplex apartments.

    (Renderings Courtesy Hayes Davidson)

    Since purchasing the space in 2002, Knightsbridge Properties president Jordan Krauss undertook a three-year effort to restore the cast-iron details that are the distinctive feature of the building. Ban was recruited in order to add modifications that would “work in harmonious dialogue with the existing structure.” The penthouse he envisioned in response to this task will feature a Vierendeel truss (invented by this man) that will allow for first-floor glass doors to be opened up entirely, thus creating uninterrupted expanses between interiors and surrounding terraces. While images have yet to be released, the new design for the interior is said to feature extensive amounts of white lacquer and a bamboo-filled garden courtyard.

    In 2012 Ban pitched his plans for an addition to an adoring Landmarks Preservation Commission, with one panel-member gushing that the proposal was breathtaking. While the recently revealed renderings may or may not produce quite that kind of reaction today, the apartments they represent are expected to demand prices in the $12 to 15 million range. The Ban design may soon be joined by a number of other projects slated to adorn historic Manhattan rooftops.

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