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    The Prescott House hotel, built in 1853, stood on the northwest corner of Broadway and Spring St.



    The hotel was demolished in the 1930s and replaced with a warehouse building.

    The site today

    The site is within the SoHo Historic district, but the building is non-contributory. The LPC recently approved a proposal for a new building.

    It looks really, really good.



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    Article at Curbed.

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    This is great news. The structure that's currently there is a hideous pile, amidst a sea of stunning structures. The replacement, moreover, is beautiful. All that this area needs now is to have B'Way Boulevard extended. This beautiful area deserves it.

    http://www.pps.org/reference/broadwa...-square-after/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post

    The Prescott House hotel, built in 1853, stood on the northwest corner of Broadway and Spring St ...

    The hotel was demolished in the 1930s and replaced with a warehouse building ...
    The full extent of the Prescott House structures (it was enlarged in 1871) is seen on this 1881 Map of the area. The Prescott was only partially demolished in the 30's - the cellar, 1st & 2nd floors remain, although stripped of all facade material during that partial demo (a photo from April 13, 1936 of that stripped base was included in the LPC presentation, seen HERE at NYPL Digital Library). This has caused a few issues for the developer, some of which have been discussed publicly and other parts which are being bandied about behind the scenes at DOB in regard to zoning issues (read the DOB Zoning Resolution Determination ZR-D1 HERE).

    LPC approved the plan "with modifications" in regard to the amount of signage shown. It seems there might be some adjustments at the rear (unseen from the street and therefore beyond the purview of LPC), where the new building abuts old structures at 537 Broadway & 99 Spring, and where it will block in a very narrow rear yard. That rear yard at 99 Spring allows light into the newly restored 101 Spring Street, where the Donald Judd Foundation has just opened the building to the public after an extensive & expensive revamp of Judd's studio space. The light that comes in those old windows are an important aspect in understanding the Judd studio, and how he set it up. So the new 529 Broadway structure could alter the character of that old building, and becomes an issue to be discussed when the developer goes for zoning changes needed to let this one be built as planned.

    Word on the street is that various parties are discussing a remedy -- which would be the smart way for the development team of Sitt / Sutton / Adjmi to address this issue.

    Other word on the street is that the entire building will be a flagship for an as of yet unnamed retail tenant (Swoosh!!). The plans as presented include a double height floor at the 3rd floor level (so where it looks like there are six floors rising over Broadway, in actuality there are only 5 floors, with the penthouse up top making up the 6th floor). Why would a developer build that double height floor unless it was in response to a specific tenant's needs? To allow for retail throughout the building, a Special Permit for zoning is required (per M1-5B zoning requirements).

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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    This is great news. The structure that's currently there is a hideous pile, amidst a sea of stunning structures. The replacement, moreover, is beautiful. All that this area needs now is to have B'Way Boulevard extended. This beautiful area deserves it.

    http://www.pps.org/reference/broadwa...-square-after/
    Unless you have a plan for an alternate route for downtown traffic there's just no room on this stretch of Broadway to take away either of the two lanes that now exist. You have to go west to Sixth Avenue or east to the Bowery to find the closest downtown arteries that handle large amounts of traffic.

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    Other stretches of B'Way handle it (eg, near Times, Herald, Madison, and Union Squares). So why not here? Anyway, maybe congestion will prompt people to leave their cars home.

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    There are more alternate routes further north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    The Prescott House hotel, built in 1853, stood on the northwest corner of Broadway and Spring St.



    The hotel was demolished in the 1930s and replaced with a warehouse building.
    NYC Buildings have brief history.

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    The developer continues to come up against zoning problems regarding their plan for 529 Broadway ....

    DOB shows that the latest Plan Examination (re-exam #6) resulted in this on 2/14/2014:


    PLAN EXAM - DISAPPROVED 02/14/2014 (J)

    http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/Jo...mber=121235608

    Plan Examination Overview for Job #: 121235608

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    Cast of Characters


    BKSK's warping tribute to Soho's cast-iron history

    05.15.2014


    The terra cotta facade of this new Soho building references both masonry and cast-iron precedents.
    Courtesy BKSK



    In the mid-19th century, a technological revolution was playing out in New York’s Soho neighborhood, as cast iron and the expanses of glass it allowed ushered in a new era of architectural expression. This transformation is clearly seen in two buildings, 99 and 111 Spring Street, the former an 1850s-style brick building with small punched openings, the latter an 1872 cast iron structure with enormous windows. BKSK Architects is celebrating this architectural evolution in a six-story development for Aurora Capital Associates, which is set to rise next door at 529 Broadway. The design features a dynamic, warping facade of terra cotta that gives way to modern expanses of glass.

    “These two little buildings tell the story of a 20-year period when technology was evolving so quickly,” said Harry Kendall, principal at BKSK. “In that short period of time we saw technology changing so much and the emergence of modern architecture. We thought that story deserves to be writ large in our new building. We tried to tell a story that’s representative of the whole district based on these two smaller buildings.”






    The building's facade warps across its facade, opening up to reveal a glass curtain wall.

    Todd Poisson, partner in charge at BKSK, worked on the design with Eve Szentesi, David Ettinger, and Wil Rodriguez. He said the 34,000-square-foot structure begins with a “reunion of old and new” where it meets the existing buildings. Here, the new facade alludes to the patterning of the 1853 Prescott Hotel that once stood on the site. As the facade progresses east across a 150-foot frontage it warps to reveal a modern curtain wall building. At the east side, 529 Broadway references the rhythm and proportions of the Prescott using a frit pattern and thin aluminum fins.

    529 Broadway is clad in a warm, cream-colored, open-joint terra cotta rain screen system over a glass and metal curtain wall. English ceramics manufacturer Shaws of Darwen is casting each of the 700 unique shapes by hand.


    Detail of the warping facade.

    The design team used a variety of software, including Rhino with Grasshopper, to design the modulation of the facade. “Each floor warps at a slightly different rate to create a gradually unfolding rippling facade,” said Poisson. As the building deforms, intricately detailed spandrels turn into sun shelves that shade the glass. The spandrel pattern shifts to the underside of the horizontal fins facing Broadway.

    “We wanted our new decorative pattern to be a modern interpretation derived from a decorative pattern of the cast iron lintels of the old building,” said Poisson. “We digitally-enhanced old photographs of the building and used film-making software Blender to map it and digitally cast it to effectively create the molds for the terra cotta.”


    The building would replace this two-story structure.

    Located in the Soho Cast Iron Historic District, 529 Broadway was under the watchful eye of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The new structure replaces a two-story remnant of the Prescott Hotel that was re-clad in the 1980s, destroying any semblance of the original. “A big hurdle was to convince the commissioners that the existing two-story building was not contributing as much as our new building would,” said Poisson. The project was approved with glowing reviews in September 2013. “We’re gaining confidence with each approval that building in a historic district is a wonderful opportunity to tell a story.”

    BKSK is currently finishing up construction documents for the project, but a start date has not yet been set. The developer is sensitive to the needs of the existing tenants on the property. Once demolition gets underway, the new 529 Broadway is expected to be complete within 18 months.

    Branden Klayko


    On the east side of the facade, window apertures relate to the style of mid-19th century structures that predated the cast-iron district.

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    http://www.archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=7311

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    This will be stunning. I've long wanted this lame structure to be replaced. It's one of the few buildings in the area that's not magnificent. The new building will be a superb addition. Now we just need to widen the sidewalks and get rid of all of the street vendors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post

    BKSK is currently finishing up construction documents for the project, but a start date has not yet been set. The developer is sensitive to the needs of the existing tenants on the property. Once demolition gets underway, the new 529 Broadway is expected to be complete within 18 months.
    This proposal continues to get Disapproved at DOB, where the Plan Examination list now shows a highly unusual series of 10 disapprovals over the last 9 months:

    Plan Examination Overview for Job #:121235608

    Seems the argument is over classification of remnants of the original structure, and how that percentage of the existing building trigger specific zoning requirements per retail use.

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    The Zoning issues here are still PENDING. But on 07/02/14 DOB issued a permit for installation of sidewalk shed & pipe scaffold.

    So it looks like some sort of work on the new "vertical extension" will begin soon. However Cafe Bari is still open, 20 years on (most of the other shops have closed).

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    This will be very nice.

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    Yet another DOB Disapproval for this plan, now the ELEVENTH Disapproval in what appears to be an unending dispute between the developer and DOB, following the latest Plan Examination on 7/09/14!

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    this beauty gets disapproved repeatedly, yet trashy McSams are sprouting up everywhere else like weeds...
    looks like MARIA TERESA FERNAND has a hate against this project.

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