55 White Street

Industry Sector:

- Residential

Services Provided:

- Historic Preservation
- Exterior Restoration
- Roof Replacement
- Leak Investigation

Project Overview:

Located on the southwest corner of Franklin Place and built in 1861 by James Kellum & Son, 55 White Street was deemed sufficiently handsome by iron founder Daniel D. Badger to display its façade in his 1865 catalogue. At the time, the building had keystones crowning the tall arches, Corinthian capitals atop its columns, and faceted quoins on the pier at the corner of Church Street. Early occupants were Samuel I. and Elliot Condict, who ran a large saddlery; in later years draper and textile firms occupied the space. The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1988.

In addition to a thorough building-wide waterproofing program, the cast iron façade at White Street underwent a complete restoration. The majority of the cast iron elements were removed, restored in a shop, and reinstalled. Missing scrolls and floral elements were replaced with fiberglass designed to match the exact detail of the original. The entire façade was then coated to match the original color of the building. All historic wood façade windows were stripped to bare wood, repaired, and painted to match the original condition.

HLZA closely monitored all aspects of the restoration and repairs under the guidelines of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).