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Work complete on 733 3rd lobby.

Work complete on 733 3rd lobbby

Fox & Fowle Architects have completed, as of May 1991, extensive renovations to the lobby of 733 Third Avenue.

The owners, The Durst Organization, approved the architectural plans to dramatically alter the appearance of both the entrance and the lobby. The first sign of change is the polished black granite portals framing a pair of elegant stainless steel and glass entry doors.

The new flooring is green and white granite bordered by an accenting green slate. The walls reinforce the color theme with alternating panels of polished Absolute Black and Emerald Pearl granite set against a background of honed Pentalicon white marble. The ceiling was reconfigured and constructed of brushed stainless steel panels accented with custom frosted green glass light fixtures. Artwork appears on the walls in the form of a large-scaled abstract sculpture by Joe McDonnell and a fabric construction by Gail Resen; both were selected by David Durst of The Durst Organization.

The improvements go beyond aesthetics alone and extend to the mechanical systems. A prime example is the upgraded elevator control system and Fox & Fowle's new elevator cabs. Especially noteworthy is the new 10-foot long concierge desk which contains both an integrated computerized tenant directory and security equipment to provide the most advanced protection for all of the building's occupants and visitors.

Leasing agents Cushman & Wakefield have wholeheartedly approved of the renovation. "The combination of aesthetic and mechanical upgrading" notes Tara Stacom "certainly helps."

Other commercial renovations by Fox & Fowle Architects include 7 West 34th Street. Once Orbach's flagship department store, the space is fully modernized, renovated and restored to its original gracious turn of the century character. The 10-story 430,000-square-foot building's entire infrastructure -- mechanical, electrical, elevator and communications systems -- have been replaced with state-of-the-art systems. A new, double-height vaulted entrance vestibule and lobby were created, finely appointed with brass, bronze, marble and granite finishes. The building's stately granite and beige cut-limestone facade was restored and design details such as the building's elegant copper cornices and carved lion-head medallions were restored to their original patina.

This work was undertaken for Devon Properties and the owners freely attribute its successful rental to the calibre of the architectural renovation.

Other projects currently on the boards include 123 Williams Street for Glenwood Properties and 55 Broad for The Rudin Management Co.

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Title Annotation:Renovation & Rehabilitation Supplement; 733 Third Avenue, NY, NY
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jul 24, 1991
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