ACE Hotel – Formerly The Breslin (1186 Broadway)

Location:New York, NY
Architect:Stonehill & Taylor
Client:GFI Development
Size:180,000

A distinguished design by the firm Clinton & Russell, the Ace Hotel represents the complete reinvention of what had historically been one of the city’s most glamorous hotels from 1902.  Redolent of Parisian architecture of the Belle Époque, the Ace was built as the Hotel Breslin and was noted for the elegance of its interiors and the quality of its service.  Gut renovated in 2006, the newly revamped hotel, transformed into a 247-key boutique hotel, has been cited as the catalyst for the NoMad neighborhood’s resurgence as a fashionable district. The interior public space features event spaces and a restaurant. The storefront and façade renovation portions of the project were constructed to the strict standards for historic preservation required by its location in the Madison Square North Historic District.

Vidaris completed a thorough cleaning and stabilization of the exterior masonry and replaced the windows, keeping with the building’s original character. The restoration of the exterior walls included stripping of the paint and cleaning of the brick. The window replacement included 321 wood windows at the two street facades with historic wood replicas; thirty curved wood windows at the facades corner were restored, and 338 aluminum windows were installed at the rear and courtyard elevations.

Vidaris worked closely with Stonehill & Taylor Architects to relocate the cast stone entrance on Broadway to the 29th Street entrance. Vidaris also assisted in the replication of the cast stones and building details, and performed the Local Law 11/98 inspection.

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