Thursday April 10th, 2014 - 3:58PM
NEW YORK—A new Hampton Inn hotel, designed by Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA), is set to make its debut in the historic building at 32 Pearl St. in Manhattan’s Financial District.
Like many buildings downtown, the hotel suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, but following a restoration, the 81-room hotel is ready to welcome guests. GKA converted the existing Art Deco-era structure into a hotel, with a new lobby designed by GKA’s Interiors Group, transforming the building while retaining its old New York charm.
“32 Pearl St. had been through a number of transitions throughout its history,” stated 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 St. 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 façade has been preserved.
Guests of Pearl Street Hampton Inn will enjoy proximity to Wall Street, the South Street Seaport and the World Trade Memorial Site. Just steps from Battery Park, the hotel also offers convenience to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.