Restoration of Landmarked Ridley’s Building on Grand Street is (Partially) Complete

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 at 5:05 am by

Earlier this month, the iron cage of scaffolding came down from the city-landmarked Ridley & Sons department store building on Grand Street. The exposure reveals the completed rehab project that had been underway since August 2017.

New masonry, new windows, new residents for the city-certified landmark.

As reported, the owner of 315 Grand Street (aka 66 Allen) previously joined forces with Bromley Caldari Architects on an ambitious project to both construct a rooftop addition and restore the building (the pink half of Ridley’s is not theirs) to its original 1886 grandeur. The job entailed replacing cast iron, swapping out unoriginal aluminum windows, and removing fire escapes. The transformation is both cosmetic and bureaucratic, as a change to the zoning was needed for the proposed residential use on all five floors, plus the addition of a 750 square-foot penthouse and elevator (currently on hold).

A spokesperson person for Caldari Architects, meanwhile, confirmed in an email that restoration of 315 Grand is “98% complete,” but that that the penthouse addition is “on hold” for the time being.

Ridley & Sons, circa 1886

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