Last Thursday, June 14th, Adler Windows hosted our second annual AIA Walking, co-hosted by Marvin Windows and Doors. On a lovely warm NYC Summer afternoon, twenty-five of us set out to see the beautiful and notable hidden architectural history in the landmark districts of Soho and TriBeCa. The tour included various important examples of contemporary architecture, major development sites, and examples of adaptive reuse.
We kicked off the afternoon with lunch for all attendees in our Manhattan Showroom on 7th Avenue. Once everyone had made mingled and consumed their delicious sandwiches courtesy of Cafe Metro, we ventured off in style to our first stop of the day; Bogardus Gardens in TriBeCa. Our Tour Guide, Matt Postal, an architectural historian, then brought us through Duane Park and The House of Relief.
Did You Know?
-The city of New York purchased Duane Park in 1795 from Trinity Church for five dollars!!! The park is surrounded by beautiful commercial buildings which were constructed during the 19th century.
NY Mercantile Exchange and 187 Franklin Street
Matt proceeded to show numerous notable projects such as NY Mercantile Exchange, 187 Franklin Street, Issey Miyake Store, Cold Storage Buildings, and AT&T Long Lines Building.
Fun Fact: New York Mercantile Exchange Building- 6 Harrison Street was designed by Thomas R. Jackson and cost $400,000 to complete. It came about from an agreement over different exchanges of products which led to many trades gathering under the one roof. Today the mixed-use building holds luxury apartments and office space.
Fun Fact: 187 Franklin Street– At first, The Landmarks Committee criticized this striking new townhouse by calling it “too modern and too different”. The Historic Districts Council said the design was not the best fit for the location and screams out for attention.
We made a stop on Broadway to admire the beautiful and historic Haughwout Building. Built in 1857, this traditionally beautiful building was designed by architect John Gaynor who was inspired by the San Sorvino Library located on the Piazetta in Venice. The building featured the world’s first passenger elevator, which was powered hydraulically.
Fun Fact: Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary, purchased custom- made China for the White House there.
After a full day of exploring our beautiful and unique city, we topped off our day with a happy hour at the Jimmy at The James Hotel. We were able to enjoy spectacular roof top views, delicious food & drinks, and even better company.
We would like to give a big thank you to our partner, Marvin Windows and Doors (http://www.marvin.com) for being such a great co-host and our outstanding Tour Guide, Matt Postal (http://www.matthewpostal.com/) for an enjoyable and memorable day.