BBB has worked with Hermès of Paris for many years, assisting in the restoration and expansion of their New York flagship store and men’s store, located in two landmark structures across Madison Avenue.
In association with Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure, BBB has worked on the design of Hermès of Paris at 691 Madison Avenue and a prototype men’s store located directly across the street at 690 Madison Avenue. The flagship store was originally designed in 1927 by McKim, Mead & White, and later restored in 1984 with a two-story rooftop addition by BBB. In 2000, BBB completed a further rehabilitation of the store, featuring all new finishes, fixtures and systems on four floors of selling space and a fifth floor comprised of offices and showroom space. A 5-story curvilinear steel staircase capped by a circular glass skylight serves as the focal point of the design. The men’s store, located in a former historic brownstone, is also a 5-story structure with ornate interiors and restored façade. BBB shepherded all Landmark Preservation Commission submissions for both buildings and oversaw the Department of Buildings approvals.
Partner, Director of Historic Preservation
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