The project was developed in partnership with Pacific Shore
Drive, a hospitality group with restaurants including Eveleigh in L.A. and
Kingswood in the West Village, New York City, who were working with the
Highline Hotel to utilize the space in front of the hotel for a bar and
The existing garden area is relatively unique in Manhattan
in that the building has a characterful red brick façade and is set back from
the road so that the garden space is both protected from the traffic and
exposed to the afternoon setting sun.
The building was once part of the turn-of-the century Collegiate Gothic
campus for the General Theological Seminary, an Episcopalian Institution that
dates to 1817. The renovation of the original seminary dormitories in 2013 had
included a high-quality landscape renovation by Quennell Rothschild of the
gardens but they were little used. Pacific Shore Drive were going to design,
build, and manage the new project to be known as Champagne Charlie’s.
We assisted the client in laying out the space and
documenting the design so that it could be coordinated and bid for by
individual sub-contractors. The bar and banquettes were built by a custom
millwork company with the accessories such as umbrella’s and cushions sourced
from Restoration Hardware.
The end result is a charming outdoor space, combining the
character of the existing building, and striking evening sunlight and
sunsets. The landscaping manages to
shield the guests from passing traffic, offering a tranquil setting removed from
the commotion of New York, to enjoy champagne and oysters on ice.
The popularity of the café speaks to the project’s success.
Visitors routinely take photographs of the space and their experiences there,
and upload them to social media sites. We feel that these candid shots offer
the best representation of the project, as they are the clearest expression of
the user experience.
Project Details >
- Status: Complete
- Date: April 25, 2014
- Project Number: 026
- Client: Pacific Shore Drive, Lincoln Pilcher
- Martin Hopp Architect Project Team:
- Design Team: