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The original architectural firm on the Lever House development has returned for the redevelopment

WatermanClark, Brookfield Launch Lever House Redevelopment

WatermanClark, LLC and Brookfield Properties have begun an extensive renovation of Lever House at 390 Park Ave. The $100-million redevelopment plan will enhance the 22-story, 260,000-square-foot skyscraper and revitalize its ground-level public plaza, lobby, and 15,000-square-foot third-floor roof terraces. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the original architects of Lever House, has returned as the project’s lead design firm. 

“Lever House has always been celebrated for being ahead of its time and with this redevelopment will once again take its place as the leading boutique office experience in New York City,” said Ric Clark, co-managing partner of WatermanClark.  

Completed in 1952 as the U.S. headquarters of soap company Lever Brothers, Lever House was among the earliest examples of a glass curtain wall façade. WatermanClark and Brookfield Properties anticipate renovations at Lever House to be completed and the building open for tenants in the first quarter of 2023.

Rendering courtesy of Brookfield Properties. 


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