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West Houston Street Hotel New York, New York

This project presented an opportunity to heal an unattractive urban scar and at the same time create a pair of gateway buildings to New York’s historically significant SoHo District. Originally located on one site, between Mercer and Greene Streets, the project was expanded to include an adjacent site across Houston Street.

The design replicated nineteenth-century splendor with crisp twentieth-century technology. Because the SoHo District is a historical Landmarks District, a certificate of appropriateness was required by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The existing cast-iron buildings of SoHo were analyzed, and the project was given a large-scale urban presence using the local vocabulary of neighboring cast-iron buildings. Heavy-gauge metal panels were selected for spandrel profiles and columns would be extruded, both to be finished in a matte, mellow off-white surface to assimilate the original cast-iron painting intended to appear as stone.

The six-story buildings would have 150 hotel rooms with the ground floor planning for hotel services including a cafe-lounge, restaurant, and attendant retail. The two buildings were to be connected by an underground service passage.

When developer ownership changed principals, the hotel project was abandoned and revised to a residential structure.

The West Houston Street Hotel project was the winner of an AIA award in 1985.

West Houston Street Hotel

West Houston Street Hotel, model

West Houston Street Hotel

West Houston Street Hotel, model

West Houston Street Hotel

West Houston Street Hotel, model

West Houston Street Hotel

West Houston Street Hotel, elevation