Tribeca Manufacturing Loft Building Renovation Andrew Franz Architect

Home Tour Feature: Tribeca Manufacturing Building Renovation

For those seeking first-hand inspiration from expertly designed, finely crafted and beautifully furnished homes in New York City, Dwell’s Home Tours are not to be missed.

For the third consecutive year, Dwell Home Tours take place across Manhattan on Saturday, October 11. It’s a rare opportunity to experience a group of private homes curated by Dwell’s editors, from a converted industrial building in Tribeca to a green renovation in Harlem. Dwell Home Tours allow design seekers and renovation planners to immerse themselves in “Dwell-like” domestic spaces. These unique homes are specially selected by Dwell to reflect the rich diversity of livable, innovative modern architecture and design found throughout New York City.

Today, we spotlight the renovation of a Tribeca Manufacturing Building into a single family home.

Tribeca Renovation Loft Townhouse

Tribeca Manufacturing Building

Architect: Andrew Franz

Andrew Franz ArchitectBiography: Regarded for his meticulous detailing and timeless, fresh solutions to varied design challenges, Andrew Franz founded his firm in 2003 to pursue the twin goals of design excellence and client collaboration. Andrew was raised in New York and later attended Carnegie Mellon University and the Cite Universitaire in Paris before graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin. Through his extensive travels and time spent living in France and Italy, Andrew has cultivated a broad perspective and wide range of design influences that inform the firm’s design and architectural solutions. Returning to New York, Andrew began practicing architecture and earned his license in 2001. His professional experience includes project leadership and design positions with numerous boutique firms.

Project Description: 

New York–based architect Andrew Franz undertook the renovation of a landmark circa-1884 former soap warehouse in Tribeca, originally designed by George W. DaCunha in the Romanesque Revival style. Franz reorganized and modernized the six-story building—which retains its original 16-foot beam ceilings, brick walls, timber columns, and elevator winches from the former freight shaft—by incorporating steel, glass, handmade tile, and lacquer to complement the masonry and heavy timber.

An inverted courtyard unifies the interior space, which is topped by an expansive 150-square-foot retractable skylight adjacent to a lush roof deck overlooking the Hudson River and lower Manhattan. An interior courtyard and rectangular mezzanine are situated below the original 16-foot gull-wing ceiling planes. Reclaimed wood, new built-ins, and midcentury antiques complement the old brick and timber.


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