Mike McCulloch, a partner at WaterLeaf Architecture, has spent the past decade drafting pro-formas of different schemes for the Nathan family to transform the building into a viable property.
numerous attempts from hotel and condominium uses to small lofts, McCulloch
never gave up on the building.
"The Telegram Building
is an important landmark and I really wanted to keep it out of jeopardy," said McCulloch
"It's also very architecturally interesting and posed a fun design challenge."
As real estate investment questions became more detailed, McCulloch referred the owner to Venerable Properties, a development company with a strong emphasis on historic redevelopment.
Using a sensitive design solution that retains the building's established character, McCulloch
created an additional floor on top of the three-story building.
Set 20 feet back from the building edges, the fourth floor begins discreetly behind the clock tower and takes advantage of a small never-occupied room at the tower's base.
"The addition of the office penthouse space will be spectacular.
The space offers incredible views as well as the opportunity to experience the historic elements of the tower up close," said McCulloch
P & C Construction was also an integral team member, providing important cost information during pre-construction, according to McCulloch