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

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    Yes, this dialog was striking to behold. The roof and top of the building were really restored with love and respect.

    "The top floors of 90 West are home to dozens of gargoyles - owls, goat heads and griffins, more than 100 of which needed replacement - but the building's most identifiable feature is the 45-foot mansard roof. The Seaboard Weatherproofing Co. reproduced every detail of Gilbert's original, spending more than $4 million in copper decoration alone. (The entire building cost $2 million to construct a century ago.)" from http://home.netcom.com/~speaker8/jim...groundzero.htm

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    Need some gargoyle close-ups; unpack your hi-power telephoto.

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    lol, I really wish I could oblige you, you'll have to wait 'till I get a better camera for that! Oh, the fun I would have!

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    ^ Then go for it! The camera's quality needs to match the photographer's.

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    The last photo is great.

    We best enjoy that conversation while we can -- as it's soon to be interrupted by the thing rising at 12 Barclay Street

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    Some images of 90 West through the years ...



    http://www.aiany.org/eOCULUS/2005/im...westsketch.jpg


    "View North of 90 West Street and WTC Towers", 1970


    (c) Camilo J. Vergara
    http://www.nyhistory.org/vergara/1970.html


    "View North of 90 West Street and WTC Towers", 1988


    (c) Camilo J. Vergara

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    It's so encouraging to see such a beautiful building being restored. Thanks for the great pics.

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    :: clap, clap, clap::

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    Looks gorgeous. But the way how the roof has new copper (bronze color) while the spandrels a few floors beneath still have their patina is a little awkward.

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    I was inside the building a year ago while they were still renovating certain sections. We saw two or three different units. Very nice finishes and layouts. And compared to BPC, a relative bargain. The cons? Lack of light (it was downright dark in one of them), and depressing views.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686
    I was inside the building a year ago while they were still renovating certain sections. We saw two or three different units. Very nice finishes and layouts. And compared to BPC, a relative bargain. The cons? Lack of light (it was downright dark in one of them), and depressing views.
    The views will get better. I must say that for a non-New Yorker and (very) putative American, I was strongly affected by my first visti to 'ground zero'. I suppsoe if you lived right there you'd get used to it pretty soon (unless, of course, you knew someone...)

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    It wasn't so much ground zero. It was mainly the abutting Deutsche Bank tower next door. That and the fact that if you moved in now, it'd be 5 or 6 years of non-stop construction next door.

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    The cons? Lack of light (it was downright dark in one of them), and depressing views.
    A thick curtain wall and standard (traditional) windows sizes. Even where an apartment has unobstructed southern exposure: the interiors are somewhat dark inside.

    The great quantities of natural light that enters into a buildings' interior spaces is one of the best aspects of 'modernist' architecture. Thin curtain walls and large windows are essential for providing the interior spaces with 'good light'.

    The large windows for sunlight is obvious enough; but less obvious is that the thickness of the curtain wall is a major factor in the amount of sun rays that enter the interiors.

    The architects on 15CPW building - traditional design/masonry curtain wall - have come up with an elegant solution for that problem.

    The 90 West street building is one of my favorite in NYC: its great to see it being restored.
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    Nice, but $3900/month for a 1BR? That's a little steep.

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