Owners of One-Time Damon Dash Art Gallery Want to Supersize the Tribeca Building

April 15, 2014

One of Tribeca’s few remaining cast-iron buildings may be getting taller. According to a recent request filed with the Department of Buildings, the owners of 172 Duane Street wants to add four more floors to the historic downtown structure. But it’s not the first time the owner, listed on the application as Anthony Coll, has attempted to super-size the building.

Damon Dash, 172 Duane Street , Damon Dash Art Gallery, Vincenzo Posinelli

Renderings of Vincenzo Posinelli’s original extension plans

A similar request was submitted and approved — albeit with modifications — by the Landmarks Preservation Committee in 2008. Back then, the design by Vincenzo Polsinelli, who had also restored the original arched-window facade, called for a three-story glass exterior separated from the main building by a winter garden.

But the changes never took place and the two-story commercial space was rented to Jay-Z pal Damon Dash. The hip hop mogul briefly transformed it into an eclectic art gallery dubbed DD172, but moved out in 2011.

There’s no word of what the new architect, Christian Zambrano of Sibertekture Architects, has planned.

[Via The Real Deal]

Lead photos via WikiCommons

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