The celebrated architect Daniel Burnham is known best for designing the Flatiron Building, but 770 Broadway — the iconic former home of the Wanamaker Department Store — also ranks highly among his contributions to New York’s architectural heritage. Although 770 Broadway’s 15 stories have the exterior grace and presence one would expect from a Burnham building that dates back to 1905, this landmark structure hides a green secret.
A $35 million renovation has brought 770 Broadway up to state-of-the-art status in green design, with the groundbreakingly green headquarters of AOL — the building’s main tenant — earning LEED for Commercial Interiors certification thanks to ultra-efficient water and lighting systems and a construction process that recycled a remarkable 91% of construction material. 770 Broadway’s sustainability doesn’t stop there, though, as the entire structure pursuing a LEED for Existing Buildings rating. Instantly recognizable from the outside thanks to an elegant stone frontage that sprawls the length of Broadway between 8th and 9th streets, the stylish translucent canopy facing 9th street only hints at just how unrecognizably, unexpectedly contemporary 770 Broadway is on the inside.
770 Broadway’s 1950s-vintage lobby was recently made over into a modern marvel, and the energy-efficient windows and HVAC systems were all installed within the last decade. With 80,925 square feet of class B office space available, 770 Broadway offers a unique opportunity to work in a building with a historical exterior and futuristic interior. 770 Broadway’s combination of classicism and futurism might not have been what Daniel Burnham had in mind 104 years ago, but he’d surely be impressed with how gracefully 770 Broadway has pulled it off.
- 770 Broadway, New York, New York
- Greenwich Village
- LEED–EB: OM, Silver
- Vornado Realty Trust
- Daniel Burnham
- Year Built
- Square Footage
- 81,000 total square feet
- Renovated lobby; building tenants include AOL, J. Crew, and MTV
- Advanced building systems
- Energy-efficient windows
- Recycled-content building materials