History Projects: How Condos Can Honor the Past New Developments Are Preserving Buildings' Historical Features and Neighborhood Aesthetics

The Belnord on the Upper West Side (By Jim.henderson, via Wikimedia Commons)

New York City is a town rich in history, and a cursory stroll through its various neighborhoods can tell quite a tale solely from the architecture therein. Iconic buildings throughout the boroughs are landmarked in order to preserve the stories and ambiance that originally demarcated those areas. And new projects, while keeping one foot in modern style, often strive to reflect what came before and preserve an individual district's unique culture.

Condos are no exception to the rule here:

  • At 49 Chambers Street, the former home of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, the landmarked Beaux Arts building is undergoing a condo conversion. In a nod to the greater neighborhood, the children's playroom therein will be inspired by City Hall Park.

  • The Homage on Third, a new condo property at 497 Third Street in Park Slope, will feature a limestone brick facade, a hat tip to the Renaissance revival limestone properties that already color the block.

  • Architect Robert A.M. Stern will convert 95 former rental units at The Belnord on the Upper West Side to condos. Like 49 Chambers St., The Belnord is similarly landmarked and, as with The Homage on Third, features a limestone-and-brick structure.

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