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REI Sports Preserves Soho’s Historic Puck Building For Massive Flagship Store
Posted By Molly Cotter On December 26, 2011 @ 9:30 am In Architecture,Manhattan | No Comments
Washington-BasedREI  has launched an outdoor sports store in New York just in time for snow season, and the company found a particularly special spot to set up shop. The 35,000 square foot store may look familiar, as it is housed in the newly preserved historic Puck Building  in Soho. Thanks to an incredible design by Seattle-based Callison Architects , the store is a unique green preservation project that combines rustic outdoor aesthetics with the incredible original features and outlays of the century-old building.
The Puck Building held the printing facilities for J. Ottmann Lithographing Company and Puck Magazine  until 1918, when other smaller printing firms took over. Today, the ceiling of the three-leveled store is adorned with two vintage Frink reflector  chandeliers that originally hung in the building years ago, with the modern addition of LED lights . The cellar level includes two enormous industrial flywheels  from steam engines that once powered the original printing presses. Weighing in at 9 tons each and measuring 14 feet in diameter, these historical pieces serve as centerpieces of the massive store.
Additionally, during the building’s recent renovation construction, workers uncovered 110 stone lithograph  printing tables. REI pays tribute to the building’s rich history by displaying this incredible discovery for visitors to examine. The key to the store’s construction was mainly reusing all of the building’s old wood. In fact, most of the walls, seating, displays, tables, mirrors, and shelves of the new REI store are salvaged from the original building. Even the historic flooring was reused and integrated into the cashier counters and wood formed ceiling. The store’s commitment to keeping the original features of this landmark building makes it not only a great place to shop, but a wonderful secret museum of New York’s history.
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images courtesy of Stephen Del Percio
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URLs in this post:
 REI: http://www.rei.com/
 Puck Building: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Building
 Callison Architects: http://www.callison.com/
 Puck Magazine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_(magazine)
 Frink reflector: http://www.archive.org/details/FrinkReflectorsAndLightingSpecialtiesForStores
 LED lights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode
 flywheels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flywheel
 lithograph: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithography
 Green Buildings NYC: http://www.greenbuildingsnyc.com/2011/12/05/rei-preserving-puck-building-history-at-first-nyc-retail-store-in-soho/
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