Inside the accidental preservation of Temple Court

The mysterious and long-abandoned building at 5 Beekman Street is currently being transformed into a hotel and residences. But the original Temple Court building’s stunning architecture was almost lost. Here’s a look at the building’s accidental preservation, via New York Magazine.

When it was built in the 19th century, the 10-story terra-cotta and brick building qualified as a skyscraper. The tower was famous for its atrium that extended through all nine stories, topped by a large pyramidal skylight.

And that stunning atrium would have almost surely have been lost, if it hadn’t been walled off in the 1940s due to a change in fired code. The renovated building in set to open in 2015. 

[NY Mag]Christopher Cameron

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