Are you a developer facing community opposition to your glassy new condo tower? Worse yet, have you been censured by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a contextually insensitive design? Well, rather than tinkering with rooflines and pediments, setbacks and heights, why not replace all those walls of glass with walls of brick?
DDG, the developers and designers of a 10-unit condo building at 100 Franklin Street, did just that after the Landmarks Preservation Commission panned their Tribeca East Historic District design in November, accusing it of being “attention-calling,” “muddled,” and “trying to do a lot of things.” Fortunately for DDG, the brick swap was met with great enthusiasm—the LPC loved the changes, Curbed reports, and gave the development its stamp of approval. “I think this is extraordinary and exhilarating,” one member even gushed. Read More