ArchPaper and New York Yimby have reported that the 25-story Art Deco building which has been the headquarters for Trinity Church’s administration offices will be demolished and replaced by a glass skyscraper by Pelli Clarke Pelli.
Rendering of new tower for 68-74 Trinity Place by Pelli Clarke Pelli
NY Yimby says “renderings of the new tower show a fairly standard glass box rising above the administrative podium, which contrasts with adjacent historic structures–the visual continuity between the former buildings and the AMEX will be broken.” Architectural criticisms aside, Curbed NY reported back in July that this move would be “sure to further alienate parishioners who argue that the church spends too little of its time and money on its stated mission of philanthropy and too much on real estate dealings.”
At the roof of the demolition and redesign is the building code. It would cost Trinity $33 million to get the building up to 2018 code compliance and an expected $35 million to get a brand new, fully-compliant building, according to ArchPaper.
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