Jack Shainman Gallery will open in the Clock Tower Building

Jack Shainman Gallery is adding a Tribeca location and will move into the eastern end of 108 Leonard, the Clock Tower Building, at what will be called 46 Lafayette. The gallery will have 20,000 square feet on the main hall and mezzanines in what promises to be an amazing and exciting restoration of the relic that was the New York Life Insurance Company more than a century ago. The first show will be Nick Cave (!) in fall 2023 — Cave will also have a major retrospective at the Guggenheim this month.

The building is McKim, Mead & White and was completed around 1898. The main exhibition space will be called The Hall — with its 29-foot coffered ceilings, marble columns and arched windows. There will be additional viewing rooms, art libraries and offices on the second floor.

Their press team sent over the photos below, by Dan Bradica, as well as the historic images from the New York Public Library collection. (The image above is a rendering of the completed space.) The architect is Gloria Vega Martín, who is based in Málaga, Spain, and who worked on the gallery’s upstate location; she will work in close collaboration with Shainman and artist and project lead Carlos Vega, Shainman’s spouse. The Times reported that Shainman paid $20 million for the space and will put an additional $3 to 4 million into it.

Shainman — who opened his first gallery in 1984 in Washington, D.C., then relocated first to the East Village then Soho and then, in 1997, to his current location at 513 West 20th Street in Chelsea — will continue to operate his space in Chelsea as well as The School, his gallery in Kinderhook, NY, which was a restoration of a former high school.

The Hall at 46 Lafayette featured in “A Monograph of the Work of McKim, Mead & White 1879-1915 Volume One” Source: The New York Public Library Digital Collections



  1. Great news for the neighborhood, I look forward to seeing the renovated space (also, hod did it fall into such disrepair? From its time as a City court building?).

    I know the developer early on floated this space as potentially an upscale restaurant, which always seemed like a stretch to me.

    I think an Equinox would have also been a good fit; I do wonder how many more galleries will end up in Tribeca!

  2. Such a beautiful building. I love the work of McKim, Mead & White. Inspiring.

  3. Maybe this will motivate them to remove the scaffold on the alley of the building that his been there for 20+ years? Doubt it.