Exterior work is nearing completion on 27 Park Place, a five-story commercial building in Tribeca. Designed by Michael Schmitt Architect PC, the project involves a full gut renovation and exterior restoration to remediate damage from a six-alarm fire that ravaged the structure in September 2017. Empire State Development is the general contractor for the property, which is bound by Murray Street to the north, Park Place to the south, and Church Street to the west.
At the time of our last update in January 2021, work was just getting underway with scaffolding assembly progressing around the low-rise structure. Since then, the brick façade has been restored and painted gray and the new windows have been installed within protruding black metal frames. Scaffolding still covers the ground floor, which will feature upgraded storefronts with enlarged windows.
The brick surface features ornamental touches like star elements and a cornice composed of seven bands of horizontal brick. A metal railing lines the roofline, suggesting the presence of an outdoor terrace.
The below photographs of 27 Park Place from early autumn show the completed restoration of the red brick façade before it was painted gray. Prior to the fire, the building was painted a light tan color and featured a red dentil-trimmed cornice.
Below is the Church Street elevation diagram that was posted on site, previewing the layout of the new retail frontage.
The complex is nestled between some of the city’s most prominent skyscrapers such as Cass Gilbert’s Woolworth Building, 30 Park Place by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, and the World Trade Center site in the nearby Financial District. The property is located directly adjacent to an entrance to the Chambers Street subway station, serviced by the A and C trains. This station provides transfers to the E train at the World Trade Center station, the R and W trains at the Cortlandt Street station, and the 2 and 3 trains at the Church Street station.
A revised completion date has not been announced, though YIMBY expects work to wrap up around the middle of the year.
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Red brick color looked so much better for the neighborhood.
The gray paint job makes it kind of dark and dreary. 😔
Looks brand new.
Maybe a future restoration will sandblast that paint off and reveal the cheery red brick. Why must everything be depressingly gray these days?