NYU's been in the business of restoring old houses lately, with the redo of the 1830s townhouse at 22 Washington Square North for NYU Law. Next up, a couple of buildings on Washington Mews, a block-long cobblestone stretch a block north of Washington Square Park between Fifth Avenue and University Place. The street itself is getting a bit of makeover?new utility infrastructure underneath the Belgian blocks and bluestone, plus new concrete sidewalks?to be followed by renovations at 7/8, 14A, and 44 Washington Mews, all by Kliment Halsband Architects. 7 and 8 will be connected, and the building's lecture hall has movable wall panels that allow it to be turned into a gallery. The artist studio in 44 Washington Mews will become a conference room. The changes at 14A, shown above, appear to be the biggest, but still fairly straightforward.
The design for 14A Washington Mews, a five-story, 7,255 square foot brick building on the south side of the street, features a double-height entrance hall leading to a large hall on the second floor for receptions, lectures, and performances. Offices and conference rooms occupy the top three floors. Light wells on the east and west side of this building will be infilled, providing space for new exit stairs and elevators. The infill wall will be constructed of a darker colored brick to differentiate it from the original building.