Construction Wraps on 44 Union Square’s Renovation and Expansion in Union Square

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

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.

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

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.

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

44 Union Square. Photo by Michael Young

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.

The fourth floor. Photo from 44 Union Square’s main website.

The fifth floor. Photo from 44 Union Square’s main website.

The sixth floor looking toward Union Square. Photo from 44 Union Square’s main website.

The sixth floor. Photo from 44 Union Square’s main website.

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8 Comments on "Construction Wraps on 44 Union Square’s Renovation and Expansion in Union Square"

  1. I will admit this does look pretty weird but I don’t think it is too bad. NYC always needs a turtle, right? 😉

  2. Beautiful. New York Film Academy’s former location.

  3. the many “Photo from 44 Union Square’s main website” are CGI, not photos

  4. OneNYersOpinion | October 26, 2020 at 8:45 am | Reply

    I’m kinda amazed that this building doesn’t have historic preservation designation.

    Though somewhat interesting, the dome brings to mind some silly sci-fi movies (e.g., “Back to the Future”) where characters are transported to future versions of their town. Being true to theme, perhaps NYC can install the “Jaws” holograph projector in front of bldg (www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgFhZZ7emg4)

    ;^)

  5. Randall Cummings | October 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm | Reply

    The dome addition reminds me of a partial GI netted helmet from WW2.

  6. Cool place to have office sex.

  7. Alien killer fungi spore begins worldwide attack @ Union Sq.

  8. I’m guessing that Mr. Young, the author, has no idea who or what Tammany was.

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