via Artnet News (1/31/06):
SOHO FIRE SPARES A.I.A., GUGG OFFICES
The fire that raged through the landmark 575 Broadway building at the corner of Prince Street in SoHo on the weekend of Jan. 21, 2006, largely spared the fifth-floor offices of Brant Publications, which includes Art in America magazine, Interview and the Magazine Antiques. Though the magazine offices were not sprinklered, they suffered "only" smoke damage -- which means that the heaps of files and other editorial raw materials were covered with a greasy film from the smoke that filled the building. At present a cleanup crew is hard at work -- the offices can expect new carpeting, at least -- while the magazine staffs are relocated to temporary quarters over on the far west side of Manhattan.
Offices of the Guggenheim Museum in the building suffered similar light damage, according to a museum spokesperson. Richard Serra’s maquette for A Matter of Time, his sculpture at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, was unharmed. The fate of the vacuum-cleaner sculpture by Jeff Koons that had long occupied the ground-floor lobby by the elevator is less certain, however, and has no doubt been spirited off to the restorers for a checkup. The Prada store on the ground floor, designed in 2001 by Rem Koolhaas, was less lucky, as was the Lure Fishbar in the building basement and the American Eagle Outfitters store, where the fire is thought to have begun.
via Gawker (1/23/06):
Soho Fire Kills Prada Resort Collection
A fire engulfed 575 Broadway late Saturday night; the Soho building houses American Eagle, Lure Fishbar, Interview magazine and, alas, Prada. Allegedly the store had just received a shipment of over $5 million in merchandise, most of which we can only hope will get marked down and sold in some Chinatown warehouse.
More painful than the sartorial loss, however, is the clear damage to the $40 million retail space itself. You just can't expect ostentatious design to bounce back from a hit like this.
A moment of silence, please, for the Brazilian zebrawood floor. The floorboards will be laying in wake at Rem Koolhaas' apartment through Wednesday.
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via Gothamist (1/22/06):
Fire in SoHo at 575 Broadway
A five-alarm blaze hit a historic building in SoHo last night that injured six firefighters and one civilian. The fire was brought under control this morning by 198 firefighters and 44 units. 1010 WINS is reporting that the fire is being called "suspicious" as it started in a utility room and spread through the building's ventilation system. The historic 575 Broadway, estimated to be worth $15 million, is home to the flagship $40 million Prada store designed by Rem Koolhaas. The building structure is safe, but a FDNY representative told the Post that "It's pretty nasty." [...]