Brick structure with cast iron ornamental lintels and storefront; stone window sills and parapet coping, and Pennsylvania slate pitched-roof.
71 Hudson Street is located in the Tribeca West Historic District. The architectural character of the neighborhood largely reflects the area’s former function as a center for commerce, particularly for businesses in the food industry. This building is a quintessential example of the decorative commercial warehouses that embody the neighborhood’s distinctive character.
Designed in 1880 by prolific architect Amzi Hill, the original five stories of this Italianate style building were designed to mimic its neighbor at 73 Hudson Street, built in 1867. In 1896 the firm Dehli, Chambelin & Howard designed a two-story Flemish Revival addition for the New York Condensed Milk Company, which occupied the building.
After the new owners bought the building in a state of disrepair, Kamen Tall Architects was asked to restore the historic character of the building through an extensive façade and slate roof restoration. The scope of work included sensitively stripping several layers of paint from the brick and cast iron lintels, repointing brick joints, repairing the historic slate roof, and replacing sculptural cornice finials to match the existing. KTA worked with Landmarks Preservation Commission throughout the course of the project and presentation the scope of work to the Commission during a public review.