215 Sullivan Street is a multifamily residence located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The project includes the renovation of and addition to an existing Children’s Aid Society school designed by Calvert Vaux, completed in 1892. The building has been converted to a hybrid multifamily residence consisting of four three-story townhouses with private parking on the lower floors and a doorman apartment building above. The Vaux building, which had suffered insensitive modifications in the second half of the last century, has been returned to its original configuration, with stepped gables, two-over-two windows, and a restored masonry chimney.
The addition is connected to the existing building by a vertical circulation core that is set back from the street, allowing for a planted entry court. Elevator lobbies on each floor have views into this court, making it a reference point within the project. The massing of the balance of the addition takes cues from the Vaux building, with rectilinear dormers punctuating and breaking down the scale of the building. Detailing of the addition respects the Vaux building without imitating it, making clear that this is a modern work that is nonetheless sympathetic with its historic context.