It's not often that a new building is constructed on Warren Street. Ironically, the last time it happened, in 1996 or so, it was the building right next door to the most recent new building: 211 Warren Street.
Gossips has documented the sad tale of the building that originally stood on the site, right next door to the fabled General Worth Hotel.
In 2010, there was a fire in the building, which caused significant damage. At that point, the building had been vacant for a few years, and it continued to be vacant and derelict after the fire.
retain the facade of the building and construct a passive house behind it. That plan was granted a certificate of appropriateness by the Historic Preservation Commission in 2015.
A design for a new building to replace what was lost was presented to the HPC in April 2019.
Over the course of several months, the design evolved into what was finally granted a certificate of appropriateness in November 2019. The design element that carried the day was the ersatz oriel, which in the version of the design immediately preceding the one that was approved had three windows at the front and no windows on the side. In the final design, the oriel has four windows on the front and a window on the side, in imitation of the oriel on 209 Warren Street, the building next door.
Earlier this week, the scaffolding came down around the new building. The building is still under construction, but the absence of scaffolding provides the opportunity compare the reality with the renderings and judge the compatibility of the real thing with its historic context.