Bloomingdale's SOHO

Project Type: Department Store

Location: New York, NY

Services: Architecture, Engineering

Size: 120,000 SF


Highland is proud to have been the Project Architect and Engineer for
the renovation and restoration of an existing cast-iron building in New
York City’s Historic Soho district for Bloomingdale’s that has become a
flagship store for the national retailer. Highland’s diverse retail experience
in architecture, engineering and design for numerous Federated
Department Stores uniquely qualified us for this special project. The
interior of the landmarked building constructed in 1860 was completely
renovated to install state-of-the-art elevators and infrastructure to support
the new 6-story retail environment.

The building’s facade was restored to its original 1860s glory while a
modern intervention of stainless steel and glass at the entry engages the
shopper to browse Soho’s First Department Store. Dramatic fiber-optic
lighting that emphasizes the building’s classical arches was installed and
an 18-foot high banner further identifies the store’s presence. The City
of New York supported the project and it has become a catalyst to the
downtown redevelopment program.