Sometimes it takes over a century, but sooner or later every historic building is able to fulfill its destiny of becoming a luxury hotel/condominium.
The landmarked (since 1998) Temple Court Building and Annex—better known today as 5 Beekman, and soon to be known as The Beekman—was built back in 1880, and mostly operated as an office building throughout time. The final tenant, architect Joseph Pell Lombardi, moved out in 2001, and after that the building sat vacant until interest grew again around 2008. This is when Joseph Chetrit and Charles Dayan purchased it for $61 million, with plans to create a grand 200-room hotel. At some point their partnership fell apart, and they sold the building.
Around this time, Gothamist got in and took a terrifying ride up to the top floor atrium on one of the very first elevators in New York City. The place was beautiful in its abandoned state, and we filmed a band in the empty space one rainy day in 2010. Here's the result:
The building was next sold to GFI Capital Resources Group, who have now reopened it as a hotel, a condominium, and also a public space with its two restaurants and bar. Photos are emerging from the newly renovated space, and it's gorgeous. Here are some of the first shots taken over the past week (you can also get a look at their $500+ hotel rooms on their website):
It's coming together so beautifully... I can't wait for the finish and have this gorgeous project completed. More pics to come of the artwork installations! @thebeekmanny #thebeekman #thompsonhotels #financialdistrict #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #luxury #fowlerandwells #craftedhospitality #tomcolicchio #hotellife #nyc