100 Franklin Street Condos Fail to Earn Tribeca's Approval

Posted on Wed, 11-13-2013

A proposal for an eight-story, ten-unit condominium located at 100 Franklin Street has been responsible for a large outcry of public opposition. Architect Peter Guthrie presented his design for the Tribeca condo along with Developer DDG to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The commission, much to the delight of local residents, disapproved of the design.

Generally, Tribeca is known for it’s bevy of industrial lofts and cast iron buildings, but the proposal for 100 Franklin Street strays from the norm with a more contemporary use of oversized glass. However, Curbed reports that the Landmarks Preservation Commission is not opposed to glass buildings in the neighborhood, it's just that this specific proposal, which includes a facade of recovered brick underneath a layer of glass, does not work.

Residents of Tribeca, were a bit more harsh towards the design of 100 Franklin Street. One architect ridiculed the building’s mansard roof, calling it a “glass spaceship that has crashed on the roof.” The Landmarks Preservation Commission agreed, though put it differently, saying that the roof’s bulkhead was too “attention-calling.”

Though the outspoken residents clearly do not want this building, the commission appeared open to adjustments to the design instead of scrapping it altogether. This is not the first time that Developer DDG has put forth a contemporary design in historic neighborhoods.

41 Bond Street in NoHo

Directly in the middle of the NoHo historic district is 41 Bond Street, which was completed by DDG last year. The contemporary building contains 7 floor-through luxury and duplex condos built with sustainability in mind.


325 West Broadway in SoHo

Similarly, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved in SoHo after a minor redesign. The aluminium and glass building is not typically seen in a neighborhood like SoHo. With this past success, it’s not unlikely that DDG will manage to get a mdoern design for 100 Franklin Street past the commission.

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