Cloud nine: soaring spaces and intimate pleasures at The Beekman, New York

Seating areas featuring vintage and bespoke furniture
(Image credit: Richard Barnes)

Designer Martin Brudnizki broke up he public space with intimate seating areas featuring vintage and bespoke furniture

After years of foiled development attempts, the building at 5 Beekman Street – an early skyscraper dating back to 1881 in Manhattan’s financial district – finally opened this summer as The Beekman, the latest offering from Thompson Hotels. Formerly known as Temple Court, the nine-storey building has been lovingly restored by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, with interiors by Martin Brudnizki.

Aside from the granite and red-brick facade, which was landmarked in 1998, the building boasts a host of original features, including cast iron brackets bearing sculpted dragons (which inspired the hotel’s logo) and panels around the staircase that display pastoral scenes in bas-relief. The showpiece, however, is a soaring central atrium encircled by cast iron railings, adorned with floral and sunburst motifs, and topped off with an industrial, pyramidal glass skylight. 

The dramatic location is home to 287 rooms, including 45 suites. Two 1,200 sq ft penthouses are tucked into the building’s twin turrets, each with private roof terraces and views of the Woolworth Building, City Hall Park and One World Trade Center. ‘The Beekman is a very grand and ornate building and we needed to ensure it felt intimate and comfortable,’ says Brudnizki of the interiors. ‘We’ve achieved this in the atrium through breaking the space up into various seating areas using a mixture of vintage and bespoke furniture to give an eclectic look.’

The reception area relies on dark woods and textural patterned rugs to bring warmth to the space. ‘The ambience is akin to that of a drawing room of the well-travelled,’ says Brudnizki. ‘This sense of feeling at home is continued in the bedrooms, where we included beautiful walnut furniture, complemented by fabrics such as leather, mohair velvet and silk.’

The culinary offerings, from two Big Apple stalwarts, live up to the setting. Keith McNally’s brasserie-style Augustine offers his trademark French fare from morning to night, while Tom Colicchio operates Fowler & Wells, for modern iterations of American classics from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as The Bar Room, which serves signature cocktails and snacks in the atrium space.

As originally featured in the September 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*210)

original cast-iron railings

The nine-storey atrium, framed by original cast-iron railings

(Image credit: Richard Barnes)

The reception area with dark woods and textural patterned rugs

The reception area relies on dark woods and textural patterned rugs to bring warmth to the space

(Image credit: Richard Barnes)

Home with 287 rooms

The dramatic location is home to 287 rooms, including 45 suites

(Image credit: Richard Barnes)


Rates: from $619. For more information visit The Beekman website

Photography: Richard Barnes


The Beekman
Street/123 Nassau Street
New York


Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.