Conversion of 51-Story One Wall Street Makes Headway As Work Progresses for The Financial District’s First Whole Foods

Historic photo of 1 Wall Street.Historic photo of 1 Wall Street.

One Wall Street is in the midst of a huge $1.5 billion makeover as the 51-story Art Deco gem is converted from office use into 566 residential units, topped with a triplex that may fetch $40 million. At street level, significant activity can be seen, as parts of the facade have been removed to make way for the retail section in the building that will bring a Whole Foods to the Financial District.

One Wall Street with the new Whole Foods soon to come along Broadway. Rendering by DBOX for Macklowe Properties

The conversion into a residential tower with a retail base is being led by Harry Macklowe of Macklowe Properties. Whole Foods will be taking up around 44,000 square feet of space on the lower floors, when complete. Two other retails spots are also available in the building. The conversion is being helmed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in a collaboration with SLCE Architects. CORE is handling the sales and marketing for the upcoming project.

The facade of One Wall Street partially removed at and above street level to make way for the Whole Foods set to come. Photo by Michael Young

Looking at the renderings, large panes of glass will protrude from the original facade, with access to Whole Foods on Broadway. Ceilings will be up to 22 feet high. Photos from the site last week show the original steel columns temporarily exposed in the cut-out stepped pattern for the new retail base.

The facade of One Wall Street partially removed at and above street level to make way for the Whole Foods set to come. Photo by Michael Young

The corner of One Wall Street at Broadway and Exchange Place. Photo by Michael Young

This will be the most noticeable change in appearance for the building at street level, along with the approved addition of the extra floors at the top of its southern half. The rest of One Wall Street will appear as it has for the past 87 years, just as Ralph Walker designed and visualized it to timelessly stand out amongst the Lower Manhattan skyline.

The top of One Wall Street where the triplex penthouse will be located. Photo by Michael Young

When completed, residents of the building and those living by Wall Street will have much easier access to Whole Foods, with the current closest store all the way in Tribeca at 111 Murray Street.

Completion of One Wall Street is expected sometime around 2020.

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4 Comments on "Conversion of 51-Story One Wall Street Makes Headway As Work Progresses for The Financial District’s First Whole Foods"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Change for better thing that coming to people in the city. Eating and sitting I wish it, too. (Thank-you-very-much-to. Michael Young)

  2. I’m so grateful Robert A. M. Stern is leading this conversion project. I’ll gladly sacrifice street level alterations to help make the conversion/preservation of the entire building financially viable while adding a welcome supermarket to the new residential neighborhood.

  3. David in Bushwick | October 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Reply

    Probably the absolute zenith of New York Art Deco design is One Wall Street. The incredibly simple design looks like it was carved from solid limestone. Turning the building into housing will only guarantee future generations will enjoy the artistic perfection rarely seen in the silver glass boxes of New York today.

  4. Hopefully the incredible red and gold mosaic covered former banking hall will be open to the public as a retail or restaurant space. It is truly one of the most beautiful art deco interior spaces in Manhattan.

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