Graffiti Removal is Happening Right Now at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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You can dispense with any further speculation.

For the revamped 1898-vintage Germania Bank Building, the now-iconic graffiti wrapping apparently wasn’t part of the end game. Just a day after stained glass windows were unveiled at 190 Bowery, an eagle-eyed tipster spotted a contractor power washing the stone facade. Wiping away the layers of graffiti caked onto its exterior for all these years.

Also visible is this adhesive patch that’s some sort of “paint removal system.”

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Perhaps these two methods are test cases for the eventual clean-up surely in the wings.

As previously reported, real estate magnate Aby Rosen purchased 190 Bowery from artist Jay Maisel for $55 million almost two years ago. Its current rehabilitation was 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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