15 Park Row

Type: Residential

Alteration Type: Major Renovation

Architect: Fogarty Finger PLLC

Use: Residential & Community Facility

The world’s tallest building for a few years when it was built back in the late 1800’s, a jumble of modifications made by successive owners required this 30-story tower to be painstakingly renovated piece by piece. As a NYC landmark, the work was subject to extensive and complex regulation.

On first inspection, we realized that this stately building had been through a lot over the years: Original floor plans had been moved and varied floor-by-floor. Steel supports had to be identified manually by feeling around in the walls. We discovered several dispersed mechanical rooms that provided inconsistent utilities to tenants. It was clear that the architect’s new drawings—though aesthetically superb—would require significant rethinking. An early priority was to realign the building’s MEP. By unifying the mechanical’s, the owner could provide more reliable utilities for an upgraded tenant experience. Working our way up, we a