New York | The following is one of the success stories of the National Trust`s Community Partners (CP) program. Other case studies are available from their website:
http://www.nationaltrust.org/community_partners/ | Posted: 08/05/2003
The Huntington House is a former office building located in a predominantly residential neighborhood in the Grace Church and Dependencies Historic District, near Greenwich Village and New York University. It was acquired by the adjacent Grace Church in the 1930s and since that time has been an important source of income that has helped maintain the Church`s religious, educational and community programs. In an effort to more directly serve the neighborhood, Grace Church completed a historic rehabilitation of the building that outfits the Huntington House with retail, commercial and educational facilities.
The structure is a 33,000+ gross square foot, eight-story brick building in the neo-Renaissance architectural style. It is faced with a polished granite base, rusticated limestone at the first and second floors, and terra cotta details at the upper floors.
The rehabilitation created 3,500 net square feet of retail space on the ground floor, cafeteria and classroom space for the Grace Church Elementary School on floors 2 and 3, and ten loft-style apartments on the upper floors. The interior design features the architectural elements of the historic building, including 12-foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and generous open space.
PRESERVATION AND COMMUNITY IMPACT
Profits derived from Huntington House will be used to restore the Grace Church cathedral, a national Historic Landmark designed by James Renwick, Jr. Huntington House also provides the community with a unique mix of services with its retail, education and housing components. As such, this project strengthens the neighborhood`s resources and restores dignity to a national Historic Landmark.
Property: 33,000+ gross square foot, eight-story former office building built in 1928|
Location: 80 Fourth Avenue in Lower Manhattan, New York City
Developer/Owner: Grace Church
Historic Status: Contributing building in the Grace Church and Dependencies Historic District
Project Goals: 3,500 net square feet of retail space, educational facilities and 15,000 gross square feet of upper floor housing
Total Project Cost: $8.5 million (MM)
Project Completion: 2001
For more information contact:
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036