September 23, 2014
Conservancy members were invited to tour historic Pier A, led by Danny McDonald of (nyc) who is overseeing the conversion of the pier into a restaurant and visitors center to be run by the same company that owns Harry’s and many other restaurants nearby. The new restaurant is scheduled to open by the end of the year or early 2015.
Pier A was a bastion of New York’s bustling 19th century harbor. The former fireboat station was built in 1886 and was in service until the departure of the FDNY Marine Division in 1970. Unoccupied, Pier A became an eyesore that frustrated developers and residents, who saw the underutilized potential of this picturesque waterfront resource.
In June 1975 the Conservancy secured local landmark designation and listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This outstanding example of Victorian architecture and innovative engineering has now been completely redeveloped and is ready for its new 21st century use.
This comprehensive restoration has stabilized the building’s internal structure, rehabilitated its exterior envelope, and installed all new systems. Historical elements, including wood stair railings, iron structural brackets, doors and door hardware, and ornamental metal sheeting were salvaged for re-use, as were materials left from a failed restoration campaign in the 1990s. Pier A’s spaces have been modernized throughout with improved egress that allows for public assembly on all levels, respecting the original interior wall layouts.
The project has benefits beyond the building itself: More than 200 jobs will be added to the City, it has created better pedestrian access to the water, established a sense of place connecting adjacent parkland, and maximized potential of the southern end of Battery Park City. The stunning result will return this unusual building to active use, engaging New Yorkers and tourists along the Hudson shore.
Battery Park City Authority
Gwen Dawson, Shari Hyman
New York City Economic Development Corporation
HPH – Owners: Harry Poulakakos, Peter Poulakakos, Paul Lamas
HPH – Pier A, Harbor House – Director of Operations – Maggie O’Malley
ACS System Associates – Ray Padron
AKF – Michael Sammut
ASHNU International – Nayan Parikh
Building Conservation Associates, Inc. – Dean Koga
Carter Ledyard – Christine Fazio
CH2M Hill – Kirk Riden Crana
Electric – Jay McKel
D’Onofrio General Contractors – Shea Thorvaldsen
Design Constructs – Doug McKean
DSM Engineering Associates PC – James Armstrong
Envar Services – Sidney Johnson
Enviroscience Consultants – Glen Neuschwender
GB Geotechnics – Alan White
Genesys Engineering – Steve Joern
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Camille Cazon, John Fontillas, James Sines, Iva Zoretic
HDR – Kevin Keane
Jacobs Civil Consultants – Toby Kizner
KM Associates – Joe Ganci
KS Engineers P.C. – Harry Baker
Langan Engineering – Timothy M. Lavin
LiRo Program & Construction Management, P.C.
Chris Carter, Frank Franco, Jaio H. Maraj
McLaren Engineering Group – William J. McCarthy III
MFM Contracting Corporation – Seth Cantor
Olympic Plumbing & Heating Services- Al Rocco
Ove Arup & Partners – Cliff McMillan
Stalco Construction – Joe Serpe
Van Deusen & Associates – Hesham Halim
Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC – Geoff Hurst
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Michael Astrella, Tod Rittenhouse
William Vitacco Associates LTD – Levi Reznicek
WJE Engineers & Architects – Matthew Haberling
Wood Advisory Services – Albert Debonis