Manhattan, NY Fotografiska International has leased RFR’s 281 Park Ave. South in its entirety, with plans to establish its first U.S. location in the distinguished landmarked building. The 45,000 s/f Midtown South property, formerly known as the Church Mission House, offers an outstanding array of interior spaces with high ceilings and abundant natural light, set in a unique historic building envelope.
Fotografiska, founded in Stockholm and well known for solo exhibitions with major international artists and a commitment to social issues through the “Fotografiska for Life” series, is currently expanding to select major cities. The first two international locations are 281 Park Ave. South and the new White Chapel Building in London’s Whitechapel neighborhood. Led by artist and investor Yoram Roth, Fotografiska International is evaluating additional locations in Europe and Asia.
“We acquired 281 Park Ave. South with the belief that this incredible building required a special tenant,” said Aby Rosen, co-founder and principal of RFR.
“Fotografiska is a great institution, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing this fine photography museum open its doors here to establish its first U.S. presence.”
RFR, along with an investor group from HQ Capital Real Estate LP, purchased 281 Park Ave. South from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies in 2015. The building enjoys a sought-after Midtown South location on the Southeast corner of Park Ave. South and East 22nd St., adjacent to a subway station.
Geoffrey Newman of Newmark Knight Frank represented Fotografiska International.