A tipster reports that King & Grove, the boutique hoteliers who are remaking the historic, eclectic, revered Hotel Chelsea, have let go of Gene Kaufman. Formerly the architect of record on the project, he is not exactly a Curbed favoritewhich would be the understatement of the century. His designs have tended to be bland and boxy, over and over again, so it makes sense that K&G wanted to trade up. They opted for Marvel Architects, who are working on the St. Ann's Warehouse conversion in Dumbo, Pierhouse and its accompanying hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the State Street 14+9 townhouses, among others. In short, their track record when it comes to preservation and sensitive redevelopment is a known quantity.
Tenants were apparently been notified via a letter this week, but the changes aren't yet reflected in the DOB permits. First King & Grove gets rid of Joseph Chetrit, and now Kaufman's got the ax. Any more bad blood to purge?
· Hotel Chelsea Tenants Reach Agreement with King & Grove [Curbed]
· All Hotel Chelsea coverage [Curbed]