Construction of a new 46-story hotel and condominium tower began in July 2013 in the Civic Center area. The project involves a renovation of 5 Beekman Street, an ornate, landmark building known as Temple Court, to bring the structure up to code and install new emergency and other modern mechanicals systems. That building will be tied into the new skyscraper, designed by New York-based architecture firm Gerner Kronick and Valcarcel and erected by GFI Development Co. and GB Lodging.
The original 1882 Temple Court building featured nine-story-high central atrium topped by a glass-and-steel skylight roof, with Victorian iron railings and interior details on each floor. The 165,000-square-foot early high-rise was originally constructed to house law firms, but now will undergo conversion to a Thompson Hotel with approximately 280 rooms. It will tie into the 46-story building housing more than 75 residences. Completion is slated for late 2015.
Click here to view this project on the Lower Manhattan construction project map (a downloadable PDF).