The Tin Building’s Relocation And Reconstruction Taking Shape In South Street Seaport

The Tin Building. Rendering by SHoP Architects.

The reconstruction of the landmarked Tin Building is making steady progress in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport District. The original structure, made mostly of a wooden frame featuring an exterior of corrugated metal sheets, suffered a major fire in 1995 and later weathered extensive flood damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. After approvals from the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission in 2016, the structure was carefully dismantled and is now being rebuilt 33 feet away from its original location, directly to the west of Pier 17. SHoP Architects is in charge of the design and renovations, while the Howard Hughes Corporation is the developer of the project. Plaza Construction is the construction manager for the property.

New photos show the current state of the project.

Photo by Michael Young

The main western elevation. Photo by Michael Young

A close-up of the western elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The southern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Looking east on Beekman Street. Photo by Michael Young

The southern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Looking from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

The Tin Building was famous for being the 183-year-old home of the Fulton Fish Market, which moved to Hunts Point in the Bronx in November 2005. Once reconstructed, the structure will function primarily as a new seafood-themed market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

A completion date for the Tin Building has not been announced yet. More photos and information can be found in this previous YIMBY article.

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9 Comments on "The Tin Building’s Relocation And Reconstruction Taking Shape In South Street Seaport"

  1. Not a glass box.

  2. Metal frames and sheetrock? This thing will blow away way before any water hits it in the next superstorm.

  3. Is there a single element of the original building left?

  4. “suffered a major fire in 1995” more like “was burned down by the Mafia in 1995”

  5. Is this some kind of joke? “Relocation And Reconstruction” of what? They are building a new structure using modern material, modern interior, and modern location to build a new structure that only clads the exterior resembling the old historic building. Even Disney does a better job of reconstruction than these clowns. I am wondering why this article is named so deceivingly? Should be saying “Building Nearby to Recreate the Appearance of the Lost Structure.”

  6. Dan is right – And correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t remember the original being three stories but two. Who is letting landmarks play fast and loose here?

  7. Yo, calm down. What a bunch of crying little girls. I’m sure your all Construction Engineers.?

  8. I’d love to know how much of the orginal building is still there – probably only something in a display case. Seems much more like a replication (all three stories)-which isn’t a bad thing and I’m not sure they had much choice. It’s just odd to say it’s a reconstruction/renovation. Would have been nice if they atleast used some of the old tin on the facade.

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