The two-story brick building on the corner of West Broadway and N. Moore Street lies at the edge of the TriBeCa West Historic District, a neighborhood given landmark status in recognition of the history of manufacturing there. The 1870s-era structure itself was singled out for preservation on account of its distinctive corbelled brickwork, prominent location, unusual acute plan, low massing, and multitude of French- and double-hung windows. When a financial executive purchased the building and combined it with the adjacent plot into one tax lot, he presented Wayne Turett and TCA with an unusual challenge. The site was zoned for 14,000sf and an allowable 8 stories, but the Landmark status of the corner structure meant it could not be altered, and any new structure on the remaining portion of the site would be limited to 6-7 stories. By a developer’s standard, the site was badly encumbered. In an area increasingly populated by new and renovated condo towers, what could be done with this prominent and light-filled site that would respect its Landmarked status and complement the pedestrian-friendly streets while creating long-lasting value for its owners and the community? And could it be done without sacrificing the contemporary élan that attracted the owners to TCA’s work in the first place?
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