Lenox Health Greenwich Village was honored with the 2017 Regina Kellerman Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) for its outstanding restoration and revitalization of the former O’Toole/Maritime Union Building. The facility was recognized along with St. Vincent’s Triangle Park and the new AIDS Memorial for providing much needed reflection, peace, and services to the Greenwich Village community.
Alex Hellinger, Executive Director of Lenox Health Greenwich Village, accepted the award at the GVSHP's 27th Annual Village Awards Ceremony and acknowledged the meticulous work and care that went into transforming the landmark structure into a contemporary, cutting-edge health facility while preserving the building’s original nautical-inspired aesthetic.
“We wanted to honor the architect’s vision and retain the space’s cultural value as a landmark status building but also bring the modern era to this historical place,” said Hellinger.
The Maritime Union Building was designed by esteemed architect Albert Ledner and built in 1964. The delicate restoration of the structure ensured that the building's unique design would be preserved. The façade was restored to its original appearance, as the structure still boasts a ship-like exterior complemented by porthole-shaped windows, a roof that resembles a boat’s sail, and a glass foundation that evokes an image of a ship floating on water. The interior has also been refurbished with nautical-inspired decorative elements, including round light fixtures and a soothing blue color scheme.
With a full range of medical services and 24-hour emergency care, Lenox Health Greenwich Village, part of Northwell Health, has brought a new model of community-based health care to Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood. Northwell Health invested over $150 million to renovate the landmark building, beginning with the opening of Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency center in 2014. The medical facility now also houses a brand-new Imaging Center and later this year will open an ambulatory surgery center, physician offices, as well as a community conference space.
This is the second honor this year for Lenox Health Greenwich Village for excellence in restoration. In May, the New York Landmarks Conservancy also recognized the medical center for excellence in restoration and adaptive use of a historical New York City building. To learn more about the services offered at Lenox Health Greenwich Village, visit https://www.northwell.edu/find-care/locations/lenox-health-greenwich-village.
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