Preparations are underway for next month’s grand opening of Casa Cipriani, a private club and hotel at the historic Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in the Financial District. Construction recently completed on a 21st century steel and glass addition designed by Marvel with interiors by Thierry Despont atop the 112-year old Beaux Arts-style ferry terminal, which was originally designed by Walker & Morris and prominently stands along the waterfront. Measuring 263 feet wide and standing two stories tall, the 192,000-square-foot complex yields 47 hotel suites with private balconies overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and the inbound and outbound Staten Island Ferries across the New York Harbor. MJM Associates is the general contractor, Silman is the structural engineer, Langan is the civil engineer, Madson Black did the lighting, and Cipriani, Midtown Equities and Centaur Properties are the clients.
Recent photos show the renovated exterior featuring vaulted ground-floor arches and a central canopy that now bears the name of the hotel in large white capital letters over the main doors. Looking up reveals a loggia that spans the entire width of the Battery Maritime Building, the multiple pairs of ornamented columns, a vaulted ceiling with a herringbone pattern, and a detailed roof.
The southern elevation and the addition are only visible from the East River via the ferries or from Brooklyn.
The Battery Maritime Building became a New York City Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Memberships for the coveted 90-year-old hotelier and restaurateur can be acquired through the main website. The building will span five floors and contain an event space, a wellness center, a private club with a lounge, a jazz cafe, bars, and numerous dining options for guests. Marvel also worked to revive a steel staircase that was previously removed from the structure and is part of the interior circulation between one of two new lobbies to a concourse on the second floor and the 9,000-square-foot Great Hall, which used to serve as a waiting room for ferry passengers. A long rectangular skylight will flood the interiors with abundant natural light year round.
Nearby subway access includes the 1 train at the South Ferry station, the R and W trains at the Whitehall Street-South Ferry station, and the 4 and 5 trains at the Bowling Green station a little further to the north by the National Museum of the American Indian.
Casa Cipriani is slated to open on August 16, according to Google.