All renderings via Newmark Knight Frank

Tammany Hall (44 Union Square East), once home to the Democratic party machine that ran New York City, is getting a major facelift. Recently released renderings provide us with an idea of what the red-brick building might look like once its top floor offices are redeveloped and topped with a fancy glass dome.

The new, modern space will be designed by BKSK Architects, which describes the roof as a “shell-like” dome. The design goal, according to the firm’s website, is to ensure that it’s “both evocative and respectful of the building’s past while also bringing architectural spectacle.” BKSK will work on modernizing the interior while generally preserving the exterior.

This is especially important given the building’s storied (and often controversial) history. Constructed in 1929, it’s second space to house the Tammany society, which played a huge role in influencing New York City and State politics. Over the years, the building has served as home to a variety of tenants, including the Ladies Garment Workers Union, the New York Film Academy and the Union Square Theatre.

Plans for the restoration of Tammany Hall were unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2015. Renovation efforts began two years ago, after developer, Reading International, secured $57.5 million in funding.
Soon enough, Tammany Hall will transform into a bright office with retail space on the first three floors. The dome will allow natural light to flow in, and provide a spectacular view of Union Square. The design itself was inspired by the turtle upon which Lenape Chief Tamanend stands on as seen on a statue in Philadelphia. (Tammany Hall, after all, was named after Tamanend.)

If all goes according to plan, the project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.
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