New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will soon review proposals to renovate and expand a row of historic structures in Manhattan’s Gansevoort Market Historic District, otherwise known as the Meatpacking District. The properties are located at 44-54 Ninth Avenue and 351-355 West 14th Street at the corner of 14th Street and Ninth Avenue.
From developer Tavros Holdings, the proposals specify a full exterior restoration and the construction of a new nine-story commercial office in-fill behind the buildings. Local design studio BKSK Architects will serve as architect of record.
The buildings were originally completed in the 1840s and are rare surviving examples of pitched-roof row houses in Manhattan. In their existing condition, the brick façades have been stuccoed, painted white, and converted for partial residential use at the upper levels. The structures’ first floor and cellar levels are occupied by retail and dining tenants.
Renderings from BKSK Architects illustrate an extensive restoration of the façade to reflect its original red-brick design and gray slated roof. This includes replacement of existing street-level awnings and installation of new aluminum-cased windows.
The renderings also reveal possible retail spaces at the ground floor with exposed-brick support beams. The retail component will also extend one level below grade.
The new office component at the rear of the property will top out around 120 feet above ground, not including required mechanical structures at the roof of the building. The façade of the building is a stark contrast to the existing masonry structures and will include a mix of gray and black metal paneling and floor-to-ceiling glass.
The office suites within will feature both exposed brick and metal support beams, glass skylights above the ground floor, new balconies positioned above the restored roofs, a rear courtyard above the first floor, and a private terrace above the ninth floor.
The LPC is expected to review these proposals on Tuesday, June 2. At this stage of the project, a proposed construction schedule has not been released.