Chopard Headquarters

Listed in the “A.I.A. Guide to New York City” this landmarked building was originally constructed by dry-goods prince Lyman G. Bloomingdale in 1900, for his daughter. The building has had a succession of fascinating commercial occupants since the 1940’s: Tex McCrary, the television pioneer and impresario; Jean Schlumberger, one of the leading jewelry designers of the 20th century; Diana Ross, who had offices there; Ronald O. Perelman CEO of McAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Nafinsa Securities, Inc a Mexican Securities firm and currently Chopard USA. In 1979, a former occupant removed the ground floor façade and replaced it with a insensitive aluminum and glass storefront. Kohn created an elegant new rusitcated limestone façade on the ground floor, a new slate mansard roof with limestone framed windows and a completely new contemporary new contemporary interior (10,500sq.ft.) The interiors include an art gallery in the basement; a lobby/reception area; a trading floor; executive and administrative areas and all new structural, mechanical, electrical, lighting and telecommunications equipment. The project was given the Renaissance award by the landmark preservation group, Friends of the Upper East Side in 1995.
In 2002 The Swiss jewelry and watch company Chopard purchased the building to use as their US headquarters. Chopard hired KOHN ARCHITECTURE to reconfigure the building to suit their requirements. The new design includes a state-of-the-art watch repair laboratory, new executive and administrative office layouts and shipping and receiving facility.

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