The commercial loft building at 67-69 Lexington Avenue was quite lovely?it had a beautiful white facade with carved ornamentation, the interiors had 12 to 14-foot high ceilings, and large windows let in plenty of light. When it hit the market in 2007, it was just crying out for a luxury condo conversion. But the new owner, Delex Buildings, LLC, had a different idea: completely gut the building, tear down the facade, and put up a really not pretty 50-room hotel. A tipster sent along the above before-and-after photos showing the drastic changes.
The extreme renovation turned the five-story building into a seven-story building, increasing the height by just 14-feet. Considering that the previous stories were each 12 to 14-feet high, this likely means that they lowered the ceilings on every level. The new building has 50 hotel rooms, including four in the cellar and four on the first floor, and the rooftop has an "outdoor recreation space." The building was previous used as offices with retail on the ground floor.
The building seems to have had a rocky road to completion, with 32 buildings department violations having been issued since summer 2010. Currently, three violations are still open. It's unclear who the architect is, as several individuals are listing on the DOB records, including Jung W. Chin and InFocus Design and Planning P.C. If you have any other intel about this building, please do hit up the tipline.
· 67 Lexington Avenue [StreetEasy]