Page 2 of 10 FirstFirst 123456 ... LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 137

Thread: 90 West Street - by Cass Gilbert - Post 9/11 Restoration

  1. #16
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    3,298

    Default 90 West St.

    All that netting makes you wonder how many miles of thread they used to weave it.

  2. #17

    Default 90 West St.

    Thank you for the pics! It does look very similar to my May 2002 visit, except for the mural. *

    The mural is an asset to the overall appearance. Of course, the sooner the building and its intricate architectural detailing on its north face can be restored, and the mural retired, the better.

    The Helen Keller Worldwide site has a collection of interior photos of their ravaged headquarters in the building. Most of their irreplaceable library was lost in the fire.

    http://www.hkworld.org/news/9_11/wtc_slides1201_01.html

    However, several other floors had little fire damage and companies located on them were able to retrieve their documents and contents (according to accounts on the web).

    The small buildings are greatly improved over last year.

  3. #18

    Default

    About one-half of the scaffolding has been removed from 90 West. Excellent work on the facade.

  4. #19

    Default

    Now that most of the netting has been removed, the lower half of the building still has extensive damage. Large chunks of the terra cotta are missing.

  5. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

  6. #21
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    3,298

    Default

    It's a gem of a building. I'm very glad it's being restored and converted.

  7. #22

    Default

    Wow, the damage to the terra-cotta is sustantial. Thanks for the image Macho-Man.

  8. #23

    Default

    Ouch.....

    The architectural reconstruction team has a job ahead. However, the Barclay-Vesey Verizon building restoration has progressed nicely, so 90 West will certainly be placed in the hands of skilled artisans. Features on the undamaged sides of the Verizon building were used as models to recreate the detailing on the damaged sections, as I expect will also be done here.

  9. #24

    Default

    March 5, 2004

    9/11's Miracle Survivor Sheds Bandages

    By GLENN COLLINS


    Just south of ground zero, the office building at 90 West Street was gouged and set on fire during the 9/11 attack.

    Veiled in its 23-story shroud and braced in scaffolding for more than two years, the cherished little skyscraper at 90 West Street has been a building in mourning. To those living and working near ground zero, it has been a grimly persistent reminder of the terrorist assault on the World Trade Center.

    Now the cloak is gone. The scaffolding is down. And while the horrific wounds on its northern facade are finally - and shockingly - visible, Joachim Fiebich, a construction supervisor at the site, said that "it is as if 90 West has come back to life.''

    "And everyone on the street," he said, "wants to know what we're doing.''

    Mr. Fiebich, a manager for the Seaboard Weatherproofing Company, is helping direct the vanguard of workers setting to right this 1907 landmark, a jauntily colored neo-Gothic office building created by the architect Cass Gilbert. Its exterior is being restored and its interior is being rebuilt as apartments.

    In the days after the twin towers collapsed, 90 West Street was celebrated as a miracle building of Sept. 11, because, unlike so many others nearby, it survived. But the building was severely damaged when flaming steel debris rained on its north facade and gouged the exterior.

    Out-of-control fires raged in the building for days, gutting five floors and major portions of four others. A plummeting javelin of steel demolished the kitchen at the Morton's of Chicago steakhouse on the ground floor of the building, at the corner of Albany and West Streets, which once had the highest revenues of any of the chain's restaurants.

    The battered copper sheets of the sloping mansard roof - pierced, pitted and dented by hurtling projectile debris - were peeled back as if by a giant with a can opener. On the rooftop, the decorative copper balustrade was melted and twisted .

    An executive secretary died in the building when she was trapped in an elevator there after the attack, and another office worker is believed to have perished with her. Recovery crews searching the roof, scaffolding and gutter pipes discovered large sections of one of the hijacked airplanes, and fragments of remains believed to have been those of people in the planes and the towers.

    Given the destruction and the level of environmental contamination, most of the interior, which did not have landmark status, had to be gutted. This was done behind a ground-to-roof covering of reinforced Monarflex plastic sheeting on the north facade.

    In December, this shroud was torn open in a northeaster. It sagged, then began catching the wind like a menacing sail and had to be removed. Last month, the scaffolding that had obscured so much damage was finally taken down.

    A painstaking restoration has since begun. "It is a demanding job because there have been so many unknowns on the site,'' said Mr. Fiebich. "There are so many mysteries as we repair and replace."

    Peter Levenson, a principal of the Kibel Companies and one of the building's owners, said that the complexity of the reconstruction required "perfect coordination,'' pointing to the teams of workers completing the interior design while others work to restore the exterior.

    Engineering assessments suggest that the vintage terra cotta fireproofing materials that protected the steel structure of 90 West Street - including four-inch-thick blocks of tile around the columns and foot-thick layers of tile between the building's floors - limited the spread of fire. Only a few structural columns on the upper floors buckled in the heat.

    And the Gothic facade of 90 West Street endured because of its terra cotta construction totaling more than a foot in thickness; the building's base of decorative granite blocks is, in some places, an extraordinary six feet thick.

    Gilbert's skyscraper was originally conceived as a high-profile advertisement for business enterprise, and the building's main tenant was the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company.

    Representing significant advances in early skyscraper design, 90 West Street was a prelude to Gilbert's 1913 Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway. Margaret Heilbrun, who curated a 2000 Gilbert show at the New-York Historical Society and edited "Inventing the Skyline: the Architecture of Cass Gilbert,'' said that the building represents "the epitome of Gilbert's skills.'' Not the least of his triumphs, she said, was the engineering artistry that situated the building atop deep pilings at its waterlogged site.

    "Thank God it survived in the era when other Gilbert buildings were demolished,'' Ms. Heilbrun said. It won contemporary attention in the mid-1980's, when its richly encrusted upper-floor colonnades and dramatic 45-foot mansard roof were lighted at night. Its exterior became a city landmark in 1998.

    Early last year Brack Capital Real Estate, which owns properties like 95 Morton Street and 150 East 85th Street in Manhattan, paid $12.25 million to buy 90 West Street.

    The sum was considered by brokers at the time to be a top price for such a wounded building. But Mr. Levenson, who is spearheading the reconstruction, explained that unlike other buildings in Lower Manhattan, "it was uniquely configured for a residential conversion,'' because it has relatively small floor plates, 10- to-17-foot ceilings, abundant windows and great views.

    When finished, 90 West Street - which had been a 360,000-square-foot office building - will become a high-end rental building, with 410 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom units. Just how high is high end? "We'll see what the market is like when we open the door,'' said another of the owners, Moshe-Dan Azogui, who heads the United States branch of Brack Capital Real Estate.

    Last month the developers were granted $106.5 million in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds to finance the $145 million project; the rest will come from Brack Capital, the Kibel Companies (which has built high-rise projects in Manhattan and the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and converted properties like 85 John Street) and a third partner, the hoteliers Richard Born and Ira Drukier, whose properties include the Mercer in SoHo and the Maritime in Chelsea.

    When the new owners stripped away a fire-scorched lobby renovation, decades old, they discovered what was left of the original lobby, the northern end of which had disappeared into the trade center void.

    Working from historic photographs, the owners will reconstruct a classic-looking new lobby incorporating many of the surviving original elements, including the 1907 decorative lobby frieze, its cast-iron embellishments, and plaster remnants that include the claws of decorative eagles, now missing.

    If but a small band of workers is toiling now, more than 200 will soon occupy the site. "It's a privilege and an honor to be here, because we feel part of history,'' said Louis Conca, a 40-year-old construction worker who once was employed in the World Trade Center.

    "The emotions are pretty intense here,'' Mr. Fiebich concurred. "The memory of Sept. 11 is constantly present."

    If the developers anticipate considerable rewards, there are also undeniable risks. Mr. Levenson said that one is certainly "that we'll be open down there before everything else.'' But he knows that "many people have a commitment to be downtown.''

    Will prospective tenants be worried about future construction near ground zero? "The walls of 90 West are very thick, the windows will be new, and the park next to it will separate our tenants from the construction,'' Mr. Azogui said. "Anyway, it's hard to find anywhere in this city that isn't under construction.''


    The north facade had the worst damage.

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

  10. #25
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    3,298

    Default

    Looking much better.

  11. #26
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Garden City, LI
    Posts
    1,778

    Default

    Another day, another residential downtown converstion to rentals.

  12. #27

  13. #28

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Wieland
    March 5, 2004

    9/11's Miracle Survivor Sheds Bandages

    By GLENN COLLINS

    ...

    Last month the developers were granted $106.5 million in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds to finance the $145 million project; the rest will come from Brack Capital, the Kibel Companies (which has built high-rise projects in Manhattan and the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and converted properties like 85 John Street) and a third partner, the hoteliers Richard Born and Ira Drukier, whose properties include the Mercer in SoHo and the Maritime in Chelsea.
    ...
    Wait until they realize that their $145M restored historical landmark will be directly fronting a four-lane, block-long, freeway tunnel ramp.

  14. #29
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Garden City, LI
    Posts
    1,778

    Default

    Or, a beautiful new park where a road once was, 4 or 5 amazing new skyscrapers, a wonderful piece of architecture (Path hub), Hudson River Park, and so on...

  15. #30

    Default

    Stay on topic, BPC. We don't have to put up with your concern elsewhere than in the proper thread. This forum isn't a platform for fanatically promoting your little cause.

Page 2 of 10 FirstFirst 123456 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Greenwich Street 'Restoration'
    By Kris in forum New York City Guide For New Yorkers
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: December 21st, 2013, 05:05 PM
  2. The Bronx River's Restoration
    By Kris in forum New York City Guide For New Yorkers
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: December 8th, 2012, 11:29 PM
  3. Replies: 383
    Last Post: July 21st, 2012, 01:38 PM
  4. The Zebra at 420 West 42nd Street
    By Edward in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: August 30th, 2007, 01:28 PM
  5. Carnegie Mews - 211 West 56th Street
    By noharmony in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: December 19th, 2001, 10:14 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software