5 Beekman Street
Location: New York, NY
Architect: GKV Architects
Client: GFI Capital
Services: Exterior Wall
Property: Hospitality
Size: 340,000
Completed: 2016

One of the world’s oldest still-extant skyscrapers and one of the few to preserve its interior, 5 Beekman Place was originally Temple Court, an office building designed in 1883 by James M. Farnsworth in an exuberant panoply of Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival and neo-Grec styles.  Among the red brick pile’s notable features is a spectacular full nine-story atrium, framed with wrought iron balconies and topped with a skylight. Working with GFI Development to renovate the building into a hotel/condominium complex, Vidaris is completing a thorough restoration of exterior elements, including fully rebuilding 5 Beekman’s slate-roofed twin pyramidal towers and restoring their cast iron finials. Work also includes repointing the brick façade and stabilizing, cleaning and restoring all exterior masonry and terra cotta of what promises to be one of Downtown’s signature locations. 

The project received a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Project Award in 2017.