After three years of drama, Tom Wolfe, and brown-bag lunch pickets, the Two Columbus Circle saga is over. The city closed on the $17 million sale yesterday, according to today’s Times, with “renovations to begin immediately.”
The closing ends a three-year struggle in which preservationists fought to prevent changes to the 1964 building designed by Edward Durell Stone. Its Venetian-inspired marble-clad facade and lollipop-like columns are viewed by Stone’s defenders as a turning point in Modernist design. Its facade and interior spaces will be revamped under a design by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, which is collaborating with Gary Edward Handel & Associates. The building has been unoccupied since 1998.