A tipster alerted us that interior and structural demolition permits for 5 Beekman Street have finally been filed with the Department of Buildings, meaning that the storied brick-and-terra cotta beauty is one step closer to its future as a hotel-slash-condo conversion. Also known as Temple Court and the Beekman Palace, the building is a landmark, so some elements will be preserved (including, thankfully, the incredible Victorian atrium with the glass ceiling and iron railings pictured above) in the creation of 285 guestrooms and 85 residences?some in a 40+-story tower on Nassau Street near the existing 10-story structure?described on the developer's teaser site. The website also promises that the hotel will be up and running by late next year.
Though the building is being developed by a joint venture called GB Lodging, which counts as its victories darlings like the Ace and Nomad hotels, a permit filing also reveals, for the first time, the names of the architects on the project (or at least this stage of it): Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel. Among its many clients, this firm in particular seems to have relevant experience converting historic spaces in New York and around the world, having designed the Plaza Hotel's private residences as well as a Park Hyatt in Istanbul housed within an old consulate building.
· 16 Photos Inside FiDi's Famed Temple Court at 5 Beekman St. [Curbed]
· Official hotel site [Five Beekman Street]
· 5 Beekman Street coverage [Curbed]