DXA Studio has revealed plans to renovate the façade of a landmarked warehouse building in Union Square, Manhattan. Located at 827-831 Broadway, the property is the former home of artist Willem de Kooning and is recognized for its ornate cast-iron and marble façade.
The design studio previously won approvals from the Landmark Preservation Commission to construct a prismatic four-story glass addition and will return to present the new proposals on Tuesday, December 15. The goal of the renovation is to restore the existing building to the conditions intended by the original architect Griffith Thomas.
Proposed alterations include the replacement of the existing metal balustrade with glass railings, the replacement of existing windows with one-over-one openings, the removal of second floor awnings, and a thorough cleaning of the existing marble façade. The proposals also call for modest plaque signage at the ground floor, pin-mounted letter signage, a new cast-iron cornice between the first and second levels, and up-lighting on the structure’s existing columns with fixtures to match the existing materials.
It took multiple revisions to secure approval for the roof-level expansion. The project team drew ire from the LPC which felt the original massing of the addition, its street level visibility, and the reflectivity of the glass façade in relation to the historic building were out of context and impermissible. The proposals were eventually approved in May 2018.
It remains to be seen if the proposed exterior restoration will fall under such scrutiny as well.