Circle Tours

The Beekman Hotel & Beekman Residences


Rendering of The Beekman image by GFI Development/Gerner Kronick + Valcarcal

Conservancy members were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Beekman Hotel ~ Beekman Residences, formerly known as the Temple Court Building and Annex at 5 Beekman Street in Lower Manhattan. We would like to thank our tour guide, Eric Bass, Executive Vice President, Development Management, GB Lodging.

The nine-story red-brick building is currently being restored while next door a contemporary 51-story glass and concrete tower is rising, echoing Temple Court’s turrets with a pair of pyramid-shaped crowns.

The Beekman Hotel will have 287 hotel rooms and will be run by Thompson Hotels. It will feature restaurants by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio.The condos, known as the Beekman Residences, went on sale recently and will include contemporary interior designs by Thomas Juul-Hansen. Together, it will bring an estimated 300 new jobs to a once vacant building.

Designed in the Queen Anne, Neo-Greco, and Renaissance Revival styles in 1883, Temple Court was one of the first high-rise buildings in New York. Its most noteworthy feature is an atrium extending through all nine stories, topped by a large pyramidal skylight. In the 1940s, walls were erected on each floor around the edges of the atrium for fire safety reasons, hiding the atrium, railings and skylight from public view. These walls have since been removed, revealing the skylight and atrium with its elaborate wrought iron railings.

Temple Court was designated a New York City landmark in 1998.

For a timeline of the building history, click here.

To see photos from 2013 tour, click here.

Video below from New York Magazine

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