The architecture firm Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman + Associates Architects announced they’ve been selected to renovate the Hotel Bossert, although we noticed architect Gene Kauffman listed on the DOB records back in May. Here are all the details on the renovation project, which will not significantly alter the facade and will increase the number of rooms from 224 to 302.
GSKA’s proposed plan for the Hotel Bossert will preserve the iconic façade as well as the magnificently ornate and restored lobby and reception area and will return the famed Marine Roof to its use as a restaurant and lounge. The building’s mechanical and HVAC systems will be upgraded allowing hundreds of windows to be cleared of air-conditioning units, restoring the original sight lines of the building and maintaining the authenticity of the façade. The plan, which includes approximately 300 hotel rooms, involves detailed upgrading of the lighting, finishes, flooring, fixtures and furnishings in the lobby-level reception lounge, the ground floor and lower level meeting rooms, the public corridors and the individual hotel rooms reflective of the hotel’s five-star luxury and service. The layouts of each of the planned guestroom floors will be reconfigured to create luxurious hotel rooms and suites. Additionally, under-utilized back-of-house space will be reclaimed and redesigned as a lobby-level destination restaurant.
Plans for the exterior preservation are currently being reviewed by LPC and waiting approval. The hotel owners previously stated they hope to open the Bossert before the end of 2013. Yesterday, owner David Bistricer spoke at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s quarterly real estate roundtable. He promised his next project will be “on the waterfront.”
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