American Numismatic Society to relocate to new headquarters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.......................................................November
American Numismatic Society to relocate to new
headquarters in Manhattan
The American Numismatic Society announced today that it sold
its headquarters at 140 William Street in lower Manhattan.
The Society will be relocating in the second half of 2008
to a leased 20,000 square foot space on the eleventh floor
of One Hudson Square, a newly renovated 19 story building
in a popular neighborhood near SoHo and Tribeca.
One Hudson Square is situated on the corners of Varick, Grand
and Canal Streets, one of Manhattans most vibrant and
easily accessible neighborhoods. Other tenants in the immediate
area include the Jackie Robinson Museum, The Art Institute
of New York, and The Guggenheim Foundation as well as others
from the education, publishing, advertising and financial
The new headquarters will house a gallery for exhibitions,
state-of-the-art lecture and conference rooms, and a library
filled with ambient light housing about 10,000 linear feet
of open shelving. Samuel White of the architectural firm Platt
Byard Dovell White was selected to design the new museum space,
which is expected to be complete in the autumn of 2008. The
space, which is surrounded by views of the skyline of midtown
and the Hudson River, will reflect the original loft-style
character of the early 20th century building. We are
trying to create an environment in which the traditional elements
of the American Numismatic Society and its activities blend
into a contemporary setting, says Sam White. The architects
were able to incorporate furniture, shelving, and many other
elements from the ANS previous buildings into the location.
Séamus Henchy Associates will be overseeing the entire
renovation process as owners representatives; their
recent projects included the Julliard School and the American
Folk Art Museum.
Some of the enhancements that the new ANS headquarters at
One Hudson Square will offer are:
A gallery where changing exhibits of new acquisitions
and special collections can be mounted.
Ample office space for the growing curatorial department
and a separate, closed coin viewing area which will allow
visitors/researchers a place to study coins and other objects
from the collection.
The August B. Sage Society Room is a well-appointed room
with views of midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River for
meetings, conferences and other events.
Conference rooms for smaller size gatherings and meetings.
A Lecture Hall and Board Room combined space with
reconfigurable furniture and updated audio-visual equipment
for meetings and lectures.
A Members lounge situated in the entrance area that will
accommodate about a dozen members and offer splendid views
of the Hudson River
.Newly elected American Numismatic Society President Roger
S. Siboni commented, While the Trustees and staff are
saddened to leave the space at 140 William Street, we have
come to the realization that the Society could not afford
to maintain a building of over 35,000 square feet nor raise
the required capital to complete the renovation project. We
were fortunate to have concluded our sale and negotiated our
lease on very favorable terms considering the challenges that
exist in the current real estate climate. Leasing the new
location at One Hudson Square will provide us with the facilities
we need while ensuring a financially secure future for the
American Numismatic Society.
The Societys Executive Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan
remarked that, With the sale of our building at 140
William Street and as we enter into our 150th Anniversary
year, we will for the first time in decades have an operating
budget on sound footing and an endowment that will permit
the Society to fully serve its mission - to operate, maintain
and even expand our programs. We of course will continue our
long standing relationship with the Federal Reserve Bank of
New York where our exhibit Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars:
The History of Money, and other changing exhibits will
continue to be available to the public.