5 Beekman Hotel and Residences
5 Beekman Street, New York
The stunning, skylighted atrium at Temple Court is open once again. Since the 1950s, the atrium in this former office building had been enclosed behind plaster fireproofing, hidden from view except to a few lucky New Yorkers who knew where to find it. Now it is the centerpiece of a new hotel in a compelling rehabilitation that utilized State and Federal Preservation Tax Credits.
This Eclectic-style individual landmark was built in 1883; the nine-story brick, terra-cotta, and stone structure is set off by corner pavilions with pyramidal roofs. The innovative atrium introduced natural light into offices, facilitated circulation, and served as a grand architectural showpiece. Unfortunate alterations by previous owners and tenants removed historic fabric, including all storefronts and entries, and shrouded the atrium.
Repurposed for hotel and residential use, the building’s extensive restoration entailed removing layers of paint; repairing and replacing missing or damaged stone; and installing new wood windows, new storefronts, and a granite entrance. Inside, the hotel lobby now sits at the base of the atrium, which features restored cast-iron walkways and hand rails, refurbished polychrome encaustic-tile flooring, and new wood windows and doors. This project reconnects the City to one of its most unique and stunning interior spaces. Temple Court is once again an iconic destination in lower Manhattan.