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Lower East Side's Jarmulowsky Bank building unveils its beloved dome, mid-restoration

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Plans to restore the dome have been in the works since 2014

Via the Lo-Down

The Jarmulowsky Bank building’s beloved dome is finally being restored, nearly two decades after it was first dismantled, The Lo-Down reports. The building is currently in the midst of a years long restoration into offices. Initially, restoration plans did not include the dome, but in early 2014, the developer, DLJ Real Estate Partners, announced plans to bring the 50-foot structure back.

In recent days, the structure has been taking shape atop the 12-story building at 54 Canal Street, construction site photos taken by The Lo-Down’s readers, have revealed.

“This feature accentuated the corner’s vertical thrust, affirming the building’s monumental status on the Lower East Side,” is what the Landmarks Preservation Commission had to say about the dome, when the overall building was designated a New York City landmark in 2009.

Plans to restore the Jarmulowsky Bank building have moved in a couple of different directions since they were first approved by the LPC in 2012. Before the office plans were unveiled, the building was slated for a hotel conversion with 105 rooms, and Ace Hotel reportedly on board to manage. Since last year however, the developer has stuck to the office plans: to have “creative office space,” on the upper floors, and retail on the first two floors.