372 West Broadway

New York, NY

Type Interior fit-out

Location New York, NY

Size 6,441 sq.ft.

Status Completed

The current building standing at 372 West Broadway pays homage to SoHo’s history of cast-iron buildings. Although not constructed during the heyday of cast-iron edifices from the 1840s to 1880s, 372 West Broadway has three storeys consisting of nine bays, fluted pilasters with paneled capitals, and channeled columns supporting curved lintels at the fenestration. The original architects were Bridges and Lavin and the building was constructed in 2001 on the former site of a gas station and parking lot that replaced a number of 19th-century brick buildings that were demolished. After World War II, when the textile industry moved to the South, many buildings were left empty and it was typical to be rid of these, by replacing them with gas stations, auto repair shops, and parking lots. This came to an end, beginning in the 1970s, when artists began to work and live in the abandoned lofts, and SoHo eventually was designated as an historic district by the City of New York in 1973. Later the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.

Marin Architects was given the task of providing interior alterations to the Renzo Piano Sales Offices at 372 West Broadway. Among them, was proposed interior work in the HVAC, ductwork, plumbing, and fixtures to be done on a two-month time line.