Germania Bank Building Boasts New Stained Glass Windows on the Bowery

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 at 5:10 am by
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Let’s check in with the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation of the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. This hulking property is the jewel in the crown of real estate magnate Aby Rosen, whose RFR Realty purchased the corner from artist Jay Maisel for $55 million almost two years ago.

Several months into the makeover, the full slate of scaffolding is down, with another decorative element now visible at 190 Bowery. Those vandalized plastic window panes were removed from the nine exterior archways and replaced with stained glass cutouts. Thus far, all nine housings have been fitted.

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As previously reported, these exterior modifications to the 1898 Germania Bank Building were approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in May 2015. Architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners joined MdeAS Architects to implement the project, which calls for restoration of metal gates, wooden doors, stained glass, in addition to the ADA-compliant entrance on Spring Street.

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