Built in 1929 for light manufacturing purposes, 1 Hudson Square was originally designed in the Art Deco style by Ely Jacques Kahn. Rosen Johnson Architects’ 2002 renovation restored the 1.1 million-square-foot tower’s lovely facade and installed an impressive new lobby. That same renovation upgraded the tower’s building systems and infrastructure, installed a new triple-bay entrance and marble lobby, and replaced windows and elevator cabs. It also earned 1 Hudson Square back-to-back Energy Stars in 2010 and 2011, with scores of 80 and 75, respectively.
The 17-story tower stands at the steps of the 1, A, and C trains at Canal Street and offers floor plates ranging from 37,000 to 81,000 square feet of flexible, versatile Class A office space. With sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west, Downtown to the south, and Midtown to the north, it’s easy to see why 1 Hudson Square is such a popular office destination, particularly for tenants in the creative industries.
Trinity Real Estate, which owns the tower, has perhaps New York City’s most interesting real estate history. Lower Manhattan’s Trinity Church parish was established by charter and a small land grant from King William III in 1697. In 1705, Queen Anne granted the parish “Church Farm,” a 215-acre grant for farm land north of what was at the time the extent of Manhattan. To raise money for the parish, Trinity leased lots and provided its own land grants – one of which was to establish King’s College (later renamed Columbia in a surge of post-Revolutionary War patriotism).
The church continued to own or lease land for developers to build commercial or industrial buildings through the 19th and early 20th centuries, most of which were designed for printing houses to support the nearby Financial District and Wall Street firms. Today, Trinity holds six million square feet across 18 buildings and 15 acres (8 percent of the original 215-acre land grant) in the vibrant Hudson Square submarket. Those buildings’ industrial history – large windows and high, loft-like ceilings – coupled with Trinity’s commitment to sustainability and operational efficiency – is positioning towers like 1 Hudson Square for a bright future serving commercial office tenants no matter their industry.
- 75 Varick Street, New York, New York
- Hudson Square
- Energy Star
- Trinity Real Estate
- Ely Jacques Kahn
- Year Built
- Square Footage
- 1.1 million square feet
- Earned Energy Stars in 2011 (75) and 2010 (80); notable current tenants include Adelphi University, Splashlight, and New York Magazine.