With all the glass buildings going up in the past decade, sometimes it is nice to see an older building getting gussied up. Especially when that building has been hidden from view for nearly a decade. To that end, everyone give a warm "welcome back" to the recently revealed exterior to 101 Spring Street—former home and studio of minimalist artist Donald Judd. Lookin' good!
For the past three years the building has been undergoing a $23 million renovation by design firm Architecture Research Office (before that it had been covered up for more than seven years). According to the Judd Foundation the building—one of the first artist's lofts in the neighborhood and the last remaining single-use cast-iron building in SoHo's Cast Iron Historic District—will reopen to the public next June, with tours and programming "related to the artist's work and philosophy." The reconstruction apparently "involved restoring 1,300 pieces of the building's cast-iron exterior and updating the building to meet contemporary concerns (such as fire code) with minimal change to the original architecture."
Cool, but really we're just happy to see a beautiful building getting the TLC it deserves. There really is something grand about classic cast iron!