On the block of MacDougal Street between Prince and Houston in Soho sits a lot that used to hold an historic house built in the 1820s. But with demolition and new building applications first filed back in 2013, construction appears to be getting underway, and YIMBY now has the reveal for the new structure replacing the old, which is being developed by Valyrian Capital and designed by both KM Associates and Nicole Fuller Interiors.
The job applications call for a six-story building, split over four units, which will average over 2,000 square feet apiece, and per the developer, the project will hold condominiums.
Valyrian’s website offers additional details, and 54 MacDougal is described as follows:
Building features include: luxurious interior finishes by Nicole Fuller (named one of Vogue’s hottest new decorators), unobstructed western views down King Street, floor-to-ceiling windows and an efficient footprint that permits windows on 3 sides.
While the project’s scope is very small, it will still improve upon the site’s former occupant, which was outdated and fairly boring. The problem with new development in historic neighborhoods like Soho is that it is often non-contextual, but that will be far from the case here.
KM Associates has designed a simple building with an exterior in brick, and what appears to be some sort of metal, evident on both the first two floors and along the rooftop lines. Balconies seem to be cast in the same material, but help to add some variety to the facade, which will also be dominated by the floor-to-ceiling windows mentioned by Valyrian.
The site’s former occupant was actually quite famous, and as Curbed reported back in 2013, it was used as a jewelry shop in the movie Men in Black. Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr’s estate had also owned the property previously.
Per Valyrian, delivery of the building is expected by 2017.