More on the Proposal to Restore the Iconic Cupola to the Jarmulowsky Bank Building

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 am by

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Photo: Municipal Archives

The Jarmulowsky Bank Building will return to its former glory. That is, if Community Board 3 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission ultimately approve architect Ron Castellano’s designs to reinstate the signature cupola atop this Lower East Side icon.

As part of the hotel underway at this address (54 Canal aka 9 Orchard), the hope is to match this new rooftop flare with the original 50-foot spire that lived here until its removal during a 1990 renovation. The replacement will remain historically accurate, based on the initial 1912 blueprint drawings by architects Rouse & Goldstone.

The second part of the present proposal includes an adjustment of the previously-approved, L-shaped roof deck.

According to public documents, below are the proposed amendments that team Castellano will propose before the landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 this week:

  • Proposed domed spire to match original historic domed spire. Details to be generated from the original 1912 Rouse & Goldstone drawing obtained from the DOB and photographic documentation obtained from the New York Municipal Archives.
  • Cooling towers on the roof have been raised approximately 10″
  • Emergency generator on the roof has been raised 10″
  • Liquid cooling fans on th roof have been raised 4″
  • Stair bulkhead has been flipped
  • Proposed marquee to be installed at Orchard Street entrance
  • Approved roof deck proposed to be raised an additional 3′-1″
  • Existing windows to be converted to doorway openings to allow access to roof deck of new construction at 60 Canal Street
  • Linear troff drains to be installed at the perimeter of the roof deck parallel to the existing parapet
  • Parapet raised to meet 42″ minimum height above roof deck required by the 2008 New York City Building Code
  • Rooftop staircase removed to correspond with amendment #7
  • Cooling fans at roof rearranged

Ace Hotel will manage the property (despite denying any involvement in the project when we first broke the story). It’s scheduled to open in the second half of 2015. See you then.

Below is the full proposal for the Jarmulowsky cupola:

LPC Application to Alter Jarmulowsky Bank Building

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