February 6, 2020
“Home in Lenapehoking” Tammany Hall and the Lenape Center featured in Urban Omnibus
The Architectural League of New York’s Urban Omnibus features our collaboration with the Lenape Center in their most recent issue. The editors spoke with Joe Baker and Hadrien Coumans, the Lenape Center’s co-founders and co-directors about their efforts to bring the original peoples and their culture back home in the 21st century.
Check out our concept for a Lenape Center home in Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park. Read the full interview, which also highlights our work with the Center on the turtle shell dome at Tammany Hall.
Urban Omnibus: What could that civic understanding look like here? You recently worked with the architects of the renovation of Tammany Hall on a new dome for the building.
Hadrien Coumans: Tammany Hall is an example of how an architectural firm has, from the beginning, done everything in the best way to bring out a sense of recognition and place of honoring the original people. I credit Todd Poisson for having led the most thoughtful effort to include the Lenape every step of the way. We’re very happy with the glass turtle dome roof, and it’s rare to have an example in the city of thorough consultation that resulted in something that is really a new landmark. Tammany Hall, as a political organization, did not care for the well-being of the Lenape, and was using a romanticized notion of a chief. It’s exciting to have an architectural firm realize the misappropriation of this name historically, but also see that there is an opportunity to bring in authentic, legitimate voice and representation into the story. That’s more exciting than a monument — that’s actually creating change.
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The Lenape Center was established in 2008 with the mission of continuing Lenapehoking. The organization’s work has taken various forms, from staging an opera on the purchase of Manhattan, to consulting with BKSK Architects on Tammany Hall’s new turtle shell-inspired dome, and planting indigenous corn in the city’s community gardens. They also partner with other organizations seeking to promote the living culture of the Lenape.
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July 10, 2017
Architizer Recognizes “Daring Adaptive Reuse”
Our innovative contemporary dome for Tammany Hall was one of 8 projects worldwide highlighted by Architizer in their recent feature titled Second Time Around: 8 Daring Adaptive Reuse Projects. We are honored to be in the only unbuilt project in such great company! Read more about these exciting projects here.
March 15, 2017
Vote for A+ Award Finalist Tammany Hall
Our contemporary glass dome addition to Tammany Hall is an Architizer A+Award Finalist – and you can help us become a winner! Architizer is the world’s largest and fastest growing website for architecture, and their 5th Annual A+ Awards program celebrates the best of the year’s architectural products and projects. Public Voting for the Popular Choice awards runs March 14th through March 30th.
Vote for Tammany Hall in the Architizer A+ Awards Unbuilt Commercial category here!
April 10, 2015
Grafting a vertical expansion onto a Landmark infamous for graft
The unassuming hipped roof of the former Tammany Hall headquarters on Union Square will soon turn to glass and grow taller with an unconventional shell-like dome, as approved recently—unanimously—by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. BKSK conceived this expansion to be deeply respectful, and expect it to be applauded by many as both reverent and intriguing. As a preservation approach, it is designed to yield unexpected insight about the building’s hidden history. We acknowledge that some members of the preservation community have reservations about the changes proposed and we are keeping the dialogue with them open. That the Commission approved an addition as visible as this to an individual Landmark is special and rare. Read More
March 11, 2015
Landmarks unanimously approves Tammany Hall design
On March 10, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved BKSK Architects’ revised proposal for Tammany Hall.
At the first hearing for this project, held in November 2014, the Commission recommended additional design study. At yesterday’s hearing, regarding the revised proposal to restore and expand the individually designated Tammany Hall on the northeast corner of Union Square, LPC commissioners offered praises such as “This is a gift to the city.” “Masterful.” and “Calls attention to a cultural icon on the square.” Read more about the hearing at New York YIMBY.
Inquiries about this project may be directed to Marissa Marvelli at mmarvelli[at]bksk.com.