This stroll in Lower Manhattan involves stopping to look up at soaring places way up high, something visitors in New York City are often told to never do. In less than two hours, you will see vestiges of old New York and emblems of the new New York and how contemporary New York interprets the past.
|South arcade, the Municipal Building|
Municipal Building. The walk begins at the governmental center of New York City, the David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building. The Municipal Building (1909-1914) was the first skyscraper designed by the famous firm of McKim, Mead & White, and it was designed to inspire civic pride.
Walk over to the corner of Beekman and Nassau Streets and look for the new Beekman Hotel. Along the way, be sure to take in views of City Hall and City Hall Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Woolworth Building, and several other buildings of distinction.
|exterior, The Beekman|
Like so many office buildings of the period, the Temple Court fell into decline during the middle and latter part of the 20th century. Following the attacks of 9/11, the last tenants drifted out, and the once glorious space sat empty and forlorn. Yet, the building was too much of a treasure to bring down.
Various developers looked at restoring the Temple Court, but they passed on the formidable restoration challenges and securing adequate revenue streams. In 2012, GFI Development hired Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects (GKV) to figure it out. They came up with a plan to convert the atrium building into a hotel and place the heavy machinery inside an adjacent condominium tower. This way they didn’t have to compromise the pretty stuff. (See the article on "The Beekman" from Architectural Record for more on the design and restoration.)