Landmarks Rejects Keller Hotel Addition, 150 Barrow at West Street
The Keller Hotel currently, at left, and as proposed, at right.
We are pleased to report that on Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted not to approve an application to add a large and highly visible rooftop addition to the individually landmarked Keller Hotel at Barrow and West Streets. GVSHP proposed this building for landmark designation in 2004 and it was designated in 2007. GVSHP opposed the application to add the large rooftop addition which would be especially visible because of the building’s proximity to the Hudson River Park and the West Street boulevard. We were glad that in this case the Landmarks Preservation Commission made the right decision.
The application also included work to restore the structure’s badly deteriorated façade as part of a conversion of the building to a hotel. GVSHP supported the proposed restoration work, which the Commission also approved.
The Keller Hotel is one of the few surviving Maritime or Sailor’s Hotels on the Greenwich Village waterfront, the other two being the former Holland Hotel at West 10th and West Street and the Jane Street Hotel. The Keller Hotel is the oldest of the three, built in 1897, and formerly housed sailors and seamen when the Greenwich Village waterfront was one of the most active centers of maritime commerce. The building fell on hard times, however, and has been largely empty for decades. We hope to see this historic landmark restored with the full integrity of its impressive Renaissance Revival design intact, and without an overbearing addition on top.
See the application for the proposed changes to the building here and here. More information on the application can be found here, and the building’s landmark designation report, with history and other information, can be found here.