The Cartier Mansion has reopened at 653 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan following a two-year renovation led by Dickinson Cameron Construction (DCC), the nation’s leading luxury retail construction company.
The iconic jeweler’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue occupies a mansion acquired by Cartier in 1917, and the renovation represents more than two years of painstaking work.
Dubbed “The retail world’s most glamorous boutique,” the store occupies four floors and more than 44,000 square feet of the Mansion. Cartier more than doubled their retail square footage with the renovation, and created rooms named for famous clients such as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Gary Cooper.
The extensive overhaul of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue mansion included the merging of two landmark buildings, combining the existing townhouse with the mansion, resulting in the largest Cartier store in the world.
DCC worked in collaboration with world-renowned design architect Thierry W. Despont and project architect Beyer Blinder Belle to preserve the integrity of the building, while bringing the space into the modern age. Some of the existing design features, such as the turn of the century millwork, were salvaged and reused throughout the new boutique in ways similar to the original rooms. A new grand staircase and ground level stone flooring imported from Spain are other key features of the project. DCC also shifted the Fifth Ave. entrance, built five new elevators, and made major structural improvements all while keeping the historical integrity of the building a top priority.
“We are honored for the opportunity, and proud of the part we played in bringing this beautiful historic building back to life,” stated Frank Naliboff, CEO of Dickinson Cameron.
Dickinson Cameron’s relationship with Cartier has spanned more than 10 years and 20 projects, but no collaboration has been as groundbreaking for the company as the Cartier Mansion.