The eight-story apartment building occupies two lots across the street from where the Brooklyn Bridge first touches Manhattan: a corner lot on Front Street, and an adjacent lot on Dover Street that was acquired during the design process. Instead of simply extending the corner building, the expansion is a distinct but complementary structure designed to reduce the scale of the project so it better fits the nineteenth-century context. The corner structure is clad in a horizontal zinc paneling that nods to the nearby “Tin Building” while recalling the clapboard siding that was once common in the South Street Seaport District, but is now found only on this block. The Dover Street structure is an homage to the eclectic district’s masonry buildings, with stone piers and a brick facade punctuated by deep, metal-framed windows. Because 254 Front draws inspiration from the historic evolution of the Seaport District rather than any specific period in its history, the design will resonate with the architectural context as it continues to evolve.
Image Credits: Jimi Billingsley