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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Maritime Building

This stark white, tile faced building with 5 foot portholed windows was originally built in 1966 for the National Maritime Union by Albert C. Ledner, a New Orleans architect. The 8.5 degree front sloping wall was the architect's solution to a 1961 zoning requirement (20 foot setback above 85 feet). The building included living quarters, instructional, medical and recreation space for sailors. In 1987 it was acquired by Covenant House, a shelter for runaways started by Franciscan priest Bruce Ritter (who in a sad scandal, resigned both from Covenant House and the priesthood in 1990). In 1996, the building was sold to the New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows which provided housing and education for Chinese students, artists and business people. In its most recent incarnation, it has been converted to the Maritime Hotel - purchased in 2001 for $19 million by Sean K. MacPherson and Eric Goode, who partnered with developers Richard Born and Ira Drukier (who also did the Perry Street Condos by Richard Meier). The hotel has an elevated plaza, a garden with pond and lily pads, two restaurants, patio, roof bar, and beautiful teak furnished rooms with white ceilings (each with a porthole window) - evoking a ship's staterooms ...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Drove by this in a cab Friday night, was jumping, I presume its a hip hang out -- rooftop bar must be nice!

Louis

Brian said...

Seems like it was a hangout when I was there too - people on the outside patio. A strange looking building though.
Brian

Lucky Lucy said...

I really, really love your photos. I promise. But...I find that there is too much text to read. I am just trying to be helpful.

Sally said...

Fantastic.

And I love reading the history and comments about places, and when captivated follow the links.

I think we can both be satisfied!

Olivier said...

Surprenant hotel, je ne le connaissais pas, il a un design tres original.

Curly said...

It looks like a great hotel Bryan, and not too big either. Nice shot.

Curly's Photoshop

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