Construction is complete on the expansion and restoration of the former Tammany Hall headquarters at 44 Union Square. The multi-story addition and interior renovations were designed by BKSK Architects and developed by Reading International (RDI) with Edifice Real Estate Partners as the owner’s representative. The project features a prominent geometric space-frame dome atop the 90-year-old structure. CNY Group was in charge of construction for the Union Square site, which sits at the corner of East 17th Street and Park Avenue South. Reading International purchased the historic edifice 18 years ago and received a $57.5 million loan secured by Bank OZK and Fisher Brothers from Lionheart Strategic Management, LLC, an affiliate of Fisher Brothers.
Photographs taken from around the square show the clean brick and stone masonry façade sitting underneath the glass panels of the undulating and curved dome, which is more visible when standing close to the corner of Union Square West and East 17th Street. The barriers and metal fences have all been taken away and the sidewalks in front are fully open to pedestrians. Retail signage on the ground floor remains up as the building awaits a tenant. Below are additional close-ups of the detailed exterior finishes.
The renderings below depict the newly built office floors that rest directly atop the original roof parapet and below the space frame structure. 44 Union Square now measures 73,095 square feet including the two elliptical-shaped office floors. Ceiling heights on the fifth floor range between 12 and 21 feet, while the sixth and final floor reaches a height of 19 feet and is nearly 80 feet above street level. Occupants will have sweeping views over Union Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood with more than enough daylight exposure year round.
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