A new hotel is about to begin rising at 50 Trinity Place, and it will stand approximately 35 floors. The project’s developer had been Sam Chang — who had commissioned a Gene Kaufman design — but the site was sold in 2012. A series of permits were filed in 2013, and it seems the site may be creeping back to life, with workers spotted this week.
50 Trinity Place will be on the larger side for new budget hotels in the Financial District, though its size won’t translate into any appreciable charm; the building’s appearance will be rather Spartan, lacking any apparent detailing. While budget hotels are typified by mundane architecture, the antecedent structure was small, but clad in terracotta — its replacement could at least give a slight nod to the area’s history.
Trinity Place is seeing some major changes this decade; besides 50 Trinity, redevelopment will soon begin at 68-74 Trinity Place, which will be demolished to make way for a new mixed-use project. Though the loss of the original structure will be a shame given its ornate, pre-war detailing, at least that building’s Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed replacement will be appealing.
Despite the lack of permits, demolition of the old structure at 50 Trinity Place is complete, and excavation appears to be imminent.
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