Marvel Architects Converts Old Campus into Luxury Residential Units
The Residences at Prince, located at the corner of Prince Street and Mott Street in Nolita, was once New York’s first and oldest parochial school and part of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral Campus. In 2014, the development partnership of Time Equities Inc and Hamlin Ventures asked design practise Marvel Architects to oversee Prince’s conversion into modern residential units.
“The result is a rigorously site-sensitive adaptive reuse of the former school, turning the complex into seven condominiums and two townhouses. The project also maintains a multipurpose space for Old St. Patrick’s, a community anchor for 200 years. There are multiple interior interventions which reveal the overarching design intent – to expose history, but leave it raw, to create a real, and lively, dialogue between present and past. The outcome is a balancing act and a sublime, subtle interweaving of old and new, exposed and concealed. Brick walls expressed on the interior are clear indicators within the units of the site’s history. Roof timbers, concealed, raw and unadorned, are exposed and featured in various spaces of each residence. New elements include exposed steel columns, natural aluminum fronted kitchens, solid white oak floors, marble clad bathrooms and blackened steel accents through to brick the old and new together. The former flat schoolyard is transformed into a multileveled inner courtyard comprised of private and communal gardens – all overlooked by the residences,” says Marvel Architects