Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it yourself home decorator. With more than 1,100 stores Nationwide; Michaels selected Schimenti to build their first store in downtown Manhattan in the Chelsea district.
Schimenti Construction was tasked to turn the 100 plus year old, seven story, landmarked building into retail space. Scope of work included: installing a new elevator, escalators, full gut renovation and incorporating into the sales floor an existing six-story atrium with skylights.
Keeping true to the original architecture, custom cast-iron railings were salvaged from the original building, refinished off-site and reinstalled at the escalator lobby. Ceiling details were rebuilt and updated including column capitals and dentil moldings respecting the building’s original design.