Built in 1909, The BankNote is an office and retail complex that was formerly the home of The American Bank Note Company. The architecturally distinct, 400,000-square-foot building has quickly become a hub for creative companies, non-profits, community organizations and schools by providing a unique combination of professional and affordable space in the burgeoning South Bronx community. The class-A building, the only one of its kind in the neighborhood, features flexible, customizable spaces that can be tailored to fit the needs of a variety of tenant types and uses.
Under the direction of architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle, which specializes in restoring historically landmarked buildings, Taconic implemented a $20 million capital improvement plan that carefully restored the historic character of the property marked by prominent arched windows, saw-tooth skylights, concrete floors, exposed brick walls and light-flooded interiors.
Renovations included the installation of more than 300 new low-e, double-hung windows; the re-pointing of the building’s façade; the installation of a new boiler; a reconfiguration of the parking lot, adding landscaping and new pedestrian walkways; building new lobbies; installing a cooling tower; upgrading corridors; building new bathrooms; and modernizing elevators in the Lafayette and Barretto buildings.