Issac & Stern Architects and Picksell Studio are working with developer Horizon Group to transform a three-story Classical Revival style building in Chinatown, Manhattan. New renderings of the project offer a first look at the ongoing residential redevelopment located at 61 Rivington Street. The original structure was completed around 1903 and served as a downtown branch of The New York Public Library. The base of the building incorporates horizontally scored masonry that transitions into red brick at the second and third floors.
As detailed in the new renderings, the structure’s exterior at the lower levels will be maintained, while the interior spaces will be demolished and rebuilt for residential use. Above the third floor begins modern design with stepped setbacks, a façade of white masonry surrounding an abundance of large windows, and glass barriers that enclose outdoor terrace areas.
The permits call for 11 units and an overall scope of 13,825 square feet. Considering these measurements, each property would average more than 1,250 square feet apiece.
Horizon Group, the developer responsible for the building, reportedly acquired the site in 2018 for $8.45 million. Thus far, progress has been slow going and it’s unclear when the project is expected to complete.
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This isn’t Chinatown…
Who needs some silly library when you can have a condo instead? 🙂
Looks like it hasn’t been in use as a library for some time now… Google street view shows it being occupied by a church organization going back at least 10 years.