New renderings revealed for Union Square’s Tammany Hall redevelopment by BKSK

January 29, 2018

The makeover of the landmarked Tammany Hall at 44 Union Square East, formerly home to the Democratic party machine that dominated New York City politics for years, continues to progress, with recently released renderings showcasing a bright, unique office and retail space. As CityRealty learned, there will be multiple retail scenarios on the building’s first three floors, with three levels of office space, most likely for finance or TAMI companies, above. Designed by BKSK Architects, the top floor will feature the glistening, shell-like glass dome, allowing an abundance of natural light in, as well as spectacular Union Square views.

Renovations at the historic building first began two years ago after the developer, Reading International, secured a $57.5 million in financing. Plans for Tammany Hall’s gut renovation were first approved in 2015 by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, who called the revamp, “a gift to the city.” BKSK Architects will generally preserve the exteriors of the building while modernizing the interior, most recently used as a theater.

The inspiration for the soon-to-be iconic glassy dome comes from the turtle which Lenape Chief Tamanend stands upon on a statue in Philadelphia; Tammany Hall was named after this famous leader. On their website, the architect firm says the dome is “meant to be both evocative and respectful of the building’s past while also bringing architectural spectacle to this rather staid corner of Union Square.”

44 Union Square undergoing construction as of late January 2018, courtesy of CityRealty

The offices will boast open floor plates and over 55,000 square feet of contiguous space. Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2018.

Constructed in 1929, the red-bricked Tammany Hall building became the society’s second meeting place after its first 14th Street location was sold. The Union Square East location was later bought by International Ladies Garment Workers Union in 1943. Other tenants have included the New York Film Academy and the Union Square Theatre.


Renderings via Newmark Knight Frank

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