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FiDi Hampton Inn ready to open: Gene Kaufman Architects.

A new Hampton Inn hotel, designed by Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA), is set to make its debut in the historic building at 32 Pearl Street in Manhattan's Financial District.

The hotel suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy, but following a restoration, it is ready to welcome guests.

GKA converted the existing Art Deco-era structure into an 81-room hotel, with a new lobby designed by GKA's Interiors Group, transforming the building into a state-of-the-art hospitality destination while retain' ing its old New York charm.

"32 Pearl Street had been through a number of transitions throughout its history," said Gene Kaufman, founder of GKA.

"We wanted to preserve its classic feel and sense of solidity and permanence while returning a number of features, like the entrance and a rooftop addition, to a look more reflective of its original design."

Built in 1930, 32 Pearl Street was designed in Art Deco style as offices with a "sun parlor" on the roof. Designed by Warren & Wetmore, architects of Grand Central Station, it was one of the last buildings completed by the firm before Whitney Warren retired in 1931.

The building was later converted to apartments and now is in its third life as a hotel.

The original facade has been preserved maintaining its jewel-like boutique presence amongst the towers of Wall Street.

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Title Annotation:NEWS ROUNDUP
Comment:FiDi Hampton Inn ready to open: Gene Kaufman Architects.(NEWS ROUNDUP)
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Apr 16, 2014
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