International Center of Photography Begins Build-Out at New 250 Bowery HQ

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 at 9:33 am by
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​The International Center of Photography is finally on the offensive with its new Bowery location. It was back in early January 2015 when we first broke news that the museum was relocating from Sixth Avenue. Three months later, the organization purchased the ground floor of 250 Bowery for $23.5 million.

Aside from teaser signage in the windows, and even an intriguing photo project with East Villager Frank Franca (#helloicp), onsite activity has been fairly minimal. That all changed several days ago. The Department of Buildings finally issued permits last week for the ICP’s “commercial art gallery,” designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Build-out of the 11,000 square-foot retail condo has officially commenced.

Workers are already transforming the space, which should be complete sometime in the spring of 2016.

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You’ll recall that this 11,000 square-foot unit (ground and basement) at 250 Bowery had quite the controversial upgringing. After the hoity-toity condo building debuted, Anthropologie briefly considered opening a store here. However, mother nature intervened in the form of Hurrican Sandy, and the brand backed out of its commitments.

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