Credit: Frederick Charles

Hahne & Company Building

BBB helped transform the long-vacant Hahne & Company department store in downtown Newark, NJ into a vibrant mixed-use development.

BBB served as primary designer for the overall project and as restoration architect for the 400,000 SF building, one of the largest department stores in the United States when completed in 1901.The historic building, listed on the National Register, has been carefully restored to its former grandeur. Its ornately detailed masonry and limestone exterior has been meticulously refreshed, with new retail storefronts and windows that closely resemble originals. The store’s former skylit retail atrium has been reinterpreted as a 2-story public thoroughfare, creating an indoor civic space with direct access to retail (including anchor tenant Whole Foods Market), commercial offices, residential apartments, and an expanded Rutgers campus.

The upper floors of the historic building, combined with a new 9-story residential building designed by BBB, provide more than 160 residential units, 64 designated as affordable. The project is a model for urban revitalization and a generator of economic development in and around its growing University Heights neighborhood.

 

Client

L+M Development Partners; Hanini Group

Location

Newark, NJ

Size

533,000 SF

Completed

2017

Construction Cost

$100 million

People

FAIA, LEED AP
Partner
Partner-in-Charge
AIA
Associate Partner