Lenox Health Greenwich Village Wins Prestigious Award for Excellence in Preservation

Lenox Health Greenwich Village today announced that it has been recognized for excellence in restoration and adaptive use of a historical New York City building by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Lenox Health Greenwich Village (LHGV) received the Lucy G. Moses award, which is given to organizations for their outstanding commitment to preserving New York City’s neighborhoods and landmarks.  

LHGV was honored for its revitalization and sensitive restoration of the landmarked National Maritime Union Building. It was designed by New Orleans architect Albert C. Ledner and built in 1964. Once named the Joseph Curran Building in honor of the National Maritime Union’s founder, the six-story structure is an architectural fixture in Greenwich Village. The nautical-inspired building is most widely recognized by its porthole-shaped windows and rooftop bulkhead resembling a steamship smokestack. Through careful restoration, Lenox Health Greenwich Village developed a brand new medical building center while also preserving the original structure’s nautical-inspired aesthetic.

The façade was returned to its original appearance and the interior was renovated with nautical inspired decorative elements. The light fixtures are round, the roof resembles a boat’s sail, and the floors in the emergency room evoke a deep sea bottom.  The glass block ground floor—a distinctive feature of the building’s original design—now encloses the waiting and patient rooms.

“When St. Vincent’s Hospital closed in 2010, this historic building was nearly lost,” said Alex Hellinger, Executive Director of Lenox Health Greenwich Village.  “It has now been reborn as a modern healthcare hub in the West Village while still retaining all the cultural value and its landmark status”

Lenox Health Greenwich Village, part of Northwell Heath, is a state-of-the-art medical complex representing a new model of community-based care offering a full range of medical services with access to 24-hour emergency care.

Northwell Health invested over $150 million dollars to renovate the landmark building beginning with the opening Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency center in 2014.  The medical facility is now home to a state-of-the-art Imaging Center and later this summer will open an ambulatory surgery center, physician offices and a new conference space for the community.

“As it begins its next half-century, this historic building is now providing a wide range of medical services as distinctive as its community and its architecture,” said Hellinger.


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