LPC approves renovations at 32 Avenue of the Americas in Tribeca, Manhattan

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved proposals to complete renovations and lighting upgrades to the ground floor of 32 Avenue of the Americas, a 27-story Art Deco office tower in Tribeca. Completed in 1932 by Ralph Thomas Walker of Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker, the building features an iconic facade and lobby with extensive mosaic murals by Hildreth Meière.

Rudin Management Company, the current owner of the office building, retained the services of Fogarty Finger to design and implement the proposed improvements. The scope of work includes the installation of new glass doors and turnstiles and new lighting behind a brass finned light box at the Sixth Avenue entrance. Renderings also show new glass doors, turnstiles and integrated lighting along Church Street.

Existing Conditions at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Elevation at 6th Avenue – Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing conditions (left) and proposed changes (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Elevation at 6th Avenue - Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing conditions (left) and proposed changes (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Elevation at 6th Avenue – Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing Conditions at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Elevation at Church Street - Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing Conditions at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Elevation at Church Street – Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing Conditions (left) and Proposed Alterations (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Church Street Elevation - Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing Conditions (left) and Proposed Alterations (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Church Street Elevation – Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing Conditions (left) and Proposed Alterations (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Church Street Elevation - Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing Conditions (left) and Proposed Alterations (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, Church Street Elevation – Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Existing conditions (left) and proposed changes (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Avenue Entrance - Rudin Management Company;  foggy finger

Existing conditions (left) and proposed changes (right) at 32 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Avenue Entrance – Rudin Management Company; foggy finger

The drawings reveal the replacement of nearly five dozen wall sconces, pendant lights, light boxes and spotlights with LED recessed sconces and modern fixtures. The Sixth Avenue entrance will also receive multiple inset LED floor strips to illuminate the historic wall mosaics and subway entrance.

Caption illustrates proposed lighting upgrades in the 32nd Avenue corridor of the Americas - Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

Caption illustrates proposed lighting upgrades in the 32nd Avenue corridor of the Americas – Rudin Management Company, Fogarty Finger

In voting to approve the proposal, the LPC stipulated that the project team should install horizontal push bars similar to the existing conditions and modify the number of lighting fixtures and light level in the lobby. Once the commissioners have received the final drawings of the approved work, a certificate of suitability allowing the project to start will be issued.

Historic Photo of 32 Avenue of the Americas - Library of Congress

Historic Photo of 32 Avenue of the Americas – Library of Congress

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