Beyer Blinder Belle
Formerly a currency and war bond printing facility, the American BankNote Building, built in 1901, sits prominently on the highest hill in Hunts Point, offering extraordinary views of Manhattan. The five-story, 405,000 sf complex entered its second century as a re-imagined economic engine that is sensitive to its urban environs. MNLA's design of the main entrance and parking area take advantage of steep topography by creating a two-tiered parking lot and drop off area separated by planting areas to capture stormwater run-off.
Construction revealed a below-grade vault that guarded currency plates. In combination with other unearthed machinery and a tall chimney that vented more than 200 printing presses, pedestrians approach the front entrance through an exciting archaeological sequence. The original brick perimeter wall and cast iron gate are restored to recall the embodiment of strength and security that were hallmarks of this century-long printing legacy.
The American BankNote Building was formerly a currency and war bond printing facility, built in 1901.