It just might be the end of an era. The Commercial Observer reports that Sam Chang, proprietor of the extremely active McSam Hotel Group, has just secured a $25 million loan to acquire a development site on 37th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues. Of course, he's tapped his frequent collaborator, the feared (by other architects) Gene Kaufman to design a 242-room hotel there. The brand is TBD, but it'll stand at 22 stories and house a gym, meeting room, and ground-floor restaurant or bar space.
The design at right for 326 West 37th Street is another refreshing departure for Kaufman, given that it's brick and the lower levels are clad in a greenery-wrapped exoskeleton. (Ignore the rooftop setback for now.) Chang recently told Curbed that this project would be his last before retirement, though CO says that he's also working on a last last project one block south at 337 West 36th Street, which will be an 18-story, 180-room Comfort or Days Inn. Will this be a two-pronged final chapter in an epic rundown of McSam-Kaufman collaborations? New York can only hope.
· Sam Chang Closes on West 37th Street Lot, Will Become a Gene Kaufman Hotel [Commercial Observer]
· How Architect Gene Kaufman Wins Over Hotel Developers [Curbed]
Street Lot, Will Become a Gene Kaufman Hotel [Commercial Observer]
· All McSam coverage [Curbed]