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New Rendering Shows Restored Façade of Midtown Church-to-Hotel Conversion

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The Sam Chang-developed hotel will rise 20-stories

The church-replacing hotel set to rise 344 West 36th Street now has its first rendering, and as promised, the developer has maintained the façade of the historic church, and what's more he's also going to rebuild the church's parish house, the New York Post reports.

When plans were first announced for Sam Chang's 20-story hotel that would replace the Christ Church Memorial Building, local residents feared that the 111-year-old structure would be destroyed completely. Upon community feedback, the developer relented and decided to preserve the façade and incorporate it into the new hotel.

The church's six-story parish house has currently been demolished to make room for the hotel construction, but that too will be rebuilt as the project moves ahead, and incorporated into the new structure.