Skylight trusses group

Related Marketing Center. 345 West 33rd Street.

Date and Time

Tuesday, May 22 2018 - 6 PM

Event Details

Related hosted SPIRE members for a hard hat tour of the historic Farley post office building as it is transformed into an architecturally-stunning 21st century transit, office and retail hub.

The Farley started out as central post office for the entire US and the location of the Postmaster General's office. The old offices boast 16-18-foot ceiling heights and 200,000 square foot floor plates. After 25 years of talk about turning the main post office into an extension of Pennsylvania Station, the transformation of the 105-year-old James A. Farley Building into a grand hall is finally underway. Known as Moynihan Train Hall, the plans are already being compared to Grand Central Terminal, one of the country's most awe-inspiring public spaces.

Built in 1912 in the Beaux Arts style, the building is considered an architectural gem from an era of civic grandeur. The adaptive redesign aims to reestablish that sense of civic monumentality with a skylight courtyard under a majestic, one-acre glass atrium.

The five-story complex takes up two city blocks, from 31st Street to 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues. When finished, it will boast 900,000 square feet of office and retail, high ceilings and a 70,000-square-foot green space on the roof with a glass and steel amphitheater. It's basically a skyscraper on its side!

Moynihan Train Hall is anticipated to open in 2020; construction and retrofit costs are estimated to total $1.6 billion. Currently, 650,000 people move through Penn Station every day, that's more than the three largest US airports combined!

We concluded the evening at Rock and Reilly's at 218 West 35th Street.