104 Years Later: New Life for Historic Equitable Building

July 23, 2019
Credit: Beyer Blinder Belle

“It is rare that such a jewel of a project gets shared with the public or its tenants…thank you for sharing, Mr. Silverstein.”

Carlos Cardoso, AIA, Partner, Director of Construction Administration

On July 17, one of Downtown Manhattan’s most iconic buildings, renowned for its grand lobby, soaring ceilings, and elegant entrance, celebrated the completion of its $50 million capital improvement projects. BBB and Silverstein Properties took part in celebrating the achievement, highlighting the extensive restorations and reopening of the Bankers Club rooftop space with a ribbon-cutting attended by the public and tenants alike.

The newly restored entrance and public lobby space includes new visitor centers, chandeliers, and elevator modernization, all of which have returned the lobby to its original function as a pedestrian arcade, bridging Broadway and Nassau Streets. Improvements also include a tenant-exclusive rooftop retreat with panoramic views of Lower Manhattan and featuring a food hall, café, and cocktail bar.

The design team includes:

M. Paul Friedberg and Partners: Landscape Architecture

DeSimone Consulting Engineers: Structural

MGE Engineering D.P.C.: Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing

Walter T. Gorman, P.E., P.C.: Engineering

Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design: Lighting

Archetype Consultants: Code/Life Safety

Homes Keogh Associates (HKA): Code/Life Safety

MGE Unified Techologies Corp: Security

JRM Construction Management: Construction Manager


Below is a selection of recent press coverage:

Forbes, The Building That Spurred Skyscraper Zoning Gets A $50 Million Restoration, By Regina Cole

Untapped Cities, The Equitable Building’s 40th Floor Is Opening As a Rooftop Lounge, By Cybele Mayes-Osterman

New York YIMBY, Silverstein Properties Completes $50 Million Renovation Of The Equitable Building At 120 Broadway In The Financial District, By Michael Young

Downtown Magazine, 120 Broadway: Out With The Old and in With The New, By Lauren Crenshaw

New York Business Journal, This week in NYC funding news: The historic Bankers Club is back at the Equitable Building, By Anthony Noto