Once again, Helpern Architects has moved within the De Vinne Press Building complex, this time to its north annex loft structure.
Our new address is 401 Lafayette Street, 4th Floor, just south of Astor Place and The Public Theater [originally the Astor Library] and right next to Astor Wines. This time, we use the entrance on Lafayette rather than on East 4th Street.
We have been in the complex for over 20 years. A 2003 New York Times article profile of the building that called it “a masterpiece of understated power” included the fact that Helpern Architects was one of the occupants.
The firm of Babb, Cook & Willard designed the “gorgeous brick structure” in a distinctive Romanesque Revival style that has influenced many of the new buildings in the NoHo district.
“Architecture firms work very differently today from the pre-computer past when each person needed space for racks of large drawings. It’s all on a screen today, and we have been intentionally paperless for a decade,” founder David Helpern explained. “We needed to work in a different configuration.”
There was no way the firm was moving from the De Vinne location, however. “When we first came here in the 1980s, there were drug deals right across East 4th Street. Today, there are instead amazing restaurants, hotels [we are designing yet another right now], and shops. And wonderful educational institutions, some of which have been clients, whose students keep the NoHo [north of Houston Street] District young and edgy.”
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