22 Washington Square North, a renovated townhouse located on Washington Square Park, houses the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice, the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization, the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, and the Doctor of Juridicial Science (JSD) Program. The building is one of the 13 townhouses that stand on the north side of Washington Square Park, and are commonly referred to as "The Row." The building has a fascinating history which can be found on the Web sites of both the Straus Institute and Tikvah Center.
Renovations to 22 Washington Square North began in June of 2008 and were completed by August of 2009. Architects for the renovations were Morris Admmi Architects, a New York City based architecture and interior design firm. The building, containing a vertical garden of ornamental grasses, ferns, flowering perennials, and evergreen ground covers, was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The green wall is set in a small outdoor courtyard and can be enjoyed from the inside via the interior offices of the five-story building which overlook the vegetation as well as a glass elevator that boasts a garden view. The wall helps clean outside air of pollutants, offsets the carbon footprint of people and fuel emissions, acts as a sound proofing, and provides a natural filter for water that flows through it.
Photos of 22 Washington Square North