First Look at the Horizon Group’s Conversion of Historic Rivington Street Library

Posted on: March 14th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

The historic Beaux Arts library building at 61 Rivington Street is amidst a luxury makeover. It’s the latest Lower East Side project by the Horizon Group, which acquired the property last spring for $8.45 million.

Their proposal for 61 Rivington Street (aka The Horizon at Rivington) is a twenty-foot extension atop the current four-story structure. The new glassy protrusion will deliver a total of approximately 14,000 square-feet of residential living split across eleven apartments.

The first look at its future is now public, courtesy of mandatory Department of Buildings signage posted to plywood at 61 Rivington.

Issac Stern Achitects is the designer of record on the $848,000 project, whose fingerprint is also on other developments across the neighborhood, including 50 Clinton Street and the Hotel Indigo.

The plans were initially submitted to Department of Buildings this past July, including to demolish and rebuild the interior, yet were finally approved last month.

The building was erected in 1905 as the Rivington Street branch of the New York Public Library, and designed by McKim, Mead & White. It was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, and considered the first NYPL branch to have a roof designed for open-air reading. Also noteworthy is that the first stock of books came from University Settlement next door (which is still there).

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