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