Boak & Paris/Boak & Raad: New York Architects- A Book Talk by Annice Alt

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Boak & Paris/Boak & Raad: New York Architects

A Book Talk by Annice Alt


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

6:30 pm

232 East 11th Street





At the height of the building boom in the 1920s, two young architects Russell Boak and Hyman Paris broke away from the very-busy Emery Roth firm. While the Crash of 1929 stopped most construction, they were still very active until 1932, the low point of the Depression. Work picked up for them again as they pioneered in the new Art Deco style. Christopher Gray has written that “Together the architects did two remarkable things: they survived and even prospered during the 1930s, when more established architects could not, and they developed an elegant model for the urbane but down-sized apartment building in Depression-era New York.” Boak & Paris also designed the landmarked movie theater, the Metro. Postwar, Russell Boak had a new partner Thomas Raad with whom he designed new apartment buildings in the Midcentury Modern style. Elihu Rose, whose firm Rose Associates gave them many commissions, considers that “Boak was an unsung architect who was incapable of doing a bad drawing, a bad design. No one is comparable. Boak just had taste, he had class.” Annice Alt will speak about the firm’s works, with an emphasis on those that are contributory to New York’s Historic Districts.


HDC Statement- Zoning for Quality & Affordability Scoping Session

March 25, 2015

Statement of the Historic Districts Council

City Planning Commission

Zoning for Quality & Affordability


The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods.  We represent over 500 neighborhood-based group dedicated to preserving the physical character of their communities. Many of our constituents have spent years working with property owners, Community Boards, City Planning and elected officials to enact contextual zones in order to better protect the character of their neighborhoods and encourage appropriate new development which enhances where they call home. It is on their behalf that we address our very strong concerns about this proposed citywide zoning text amendment.

Frankly put, this amendment as it is proposed, takes the context out of contextual zoning.  It arbitrarily raises height limits and diminishes yard requirements across the board according to a mathematical nicety, not based in the actual built fabric of our city’s neighborhoods. Contextual zones came to fruition after years of effort by community-driven, carefully examined, neighborhood-specific studies. New York thrives because of the diversity of its neighborhoods, yet this proposal’s approach will deal with each neighborhood as the same, with a one-size-fits-all approach.  HDC requests that the environmental review include an actual study of the median street wall and set-back height and yard coverage of all the potential areas affected. A calculation of potential growth based on a model is not the same as actual development, especially when one considers the diversity of New York’s built environment. This amendment will affect a lot–approximately 10.4% of properties, according to our calculations. This potential impact on these properties must be studied carefully before being executed.

This is a plan without prescription. It should be prescribed that only units constructed for affordable or senior housing receive height bonuses, which would incentivize construction of the housing stock that is the genesis of this proposal and that the City so desperately needs. At this moment, the proposal incentivizes all development, without any guarantee that it will actually house New Yorkers who are rent-burdened.  In fact, a point could be made that this might incentivize demolition of existing housing in order to replace it with new development utilizing the proposed as-of-right height limits. This could increase displacement while only adding more market-rate housing to the pool. Bigger buildings do not equal lower rents, if that were the case, West 57th Street would be Manhattan’s newest neighborhood for the middle class.

There is also no explanation of how building higher will mandate construction of quality buildings like the examples in the proposal. Interestingly, the new construction that City Planning aspires to create is found in historic districts in all five boroughs, as these buildings are designed from a human perspective and new development is carefully scrutinized to meet its context. It is outside of the city’s historic and contextual districts where true banality dwells and quality design is an elusive sight.

Further, HDC is concerned that this proposal has not taken into consideration the undue burden on contextually zoned properties that fall under the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) purview.  LPC is hard-pressed regulating property for “appropriate” development in instances when the as-of-right base zoning allows substantially more potential building mass than what is actually built – relief of this pressure is one reason why contextual rezonings are often paired with historic district designations. By raising the height limits and lessening the yard requirements to landmark properties, the development expectations are increased and the LPC is given the unenviable task of having to resist policy enacted by a sister city agency.  This could result in hardship claims, legal challenges and undue pressures on the LPC to act outside of its own mission.

Finally, we ask that special attention be paid in the environmental review to the effects the proposed changes might have to designated landmark  properties, as well as properties determined eligible for or included on the New York State or National Register of Historic Places (as is required by municipal and state law regardless). With these concerns in mind, we feel that this proposal is myopic, hasty, and created without New Yorkers or their neighborhoods in mind.


To view the proposal click here 


Saving Place- Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century

Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century
Monday, April 20 at 5:30 pm

On the eve of the opening of Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarksthe Museum of the City of New York will celebrate its newest exhibition with a multi-disciplinary symposium. Please join a panel of distinguished speakers to explore the challenges and opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time? Tickets to this event include admission to the opening reception for the exhibition.

Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, Director, Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate
Roberta Brandes Gratz, Urban Critic and Journalist
Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York
Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University
Moderated by Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former CEO, American Academy in Rome


$20 Use discount code HDC20

Location: This event takes place at the New York Academy of Medicine; reception to follow across the street at the City Museum.

Photo © Iwan Baan


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Join the conversation. #SavingPlace @HDC_NYC @MuseumofCityNY


The symposium is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Districts Council, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, The Municipal Art Society, New York School of Interior Design, Neighborhood Preservation Center, NYC Landmarks 50, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York Preservation Archive Project, Pratt Institute, and Society of Architectural Historians.

AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this program.AIA

Deserving but not Designated-Brooklyn

Posted by on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments 

Deserved but not Designated are neighborhoods in New York City which have submitted comprehensive Requests For Evaluation (RFEs) and/or have had public hearings at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, yet remain unprotected by landmark designation.  These landmark-worthy places possess the same qualities as landmark districts, such as architectural integrity, historic significance and distinct neighborhood character. HDC seeks to increase awareness of these deserving neighborhoods with an ultimate goal of gaining official NYC landmark designation for them.

The first step in the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation process is the formal Request For Evaluation. The RFE form is available on the Landmark Commission’s website (here) and only asks for basic information. Once an RFE has been submitted, a formal conversation with the LPC can begin. However, experienced advocates often supplement the brief form with supporting materials. These often substantial presentations are usually the product of countless hours of volunteer activity by neighborhood activists spent researching, writing, photographing and fundraising to better represent their case for preservation to the city.

74 Halsey Street






Crown Heights North cover photo

 Crown Heights North- Phase III Designated!!!





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 Park Slope 






Sunset Park 





Beverley Sq E. -217 E. 19th

 Victorian Flatbush




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City Hall Rally on Effects of Mayor de Blasio’s Proposed “Zoning for Quality and Affordability”

Posted by on Monday, March 23, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

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City Hall Rally on Effects of Mayor de Blasio’s Proposed
“Zoning for Quality and Affordability”

Concerned neighborhood organizations throughout New York City are holding a press conference and rally on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, March 25th at 3:00pm to express their concerns about Mayor De Blasio’s citywide re-zoning proposal, “Zoning for Quality and Affordability,” which would drastically reduce neighborhood zoning protections and raise height limits throughout the city.

To view the proposal click here 

Additional articles from neighborhood groups:

‘Citywide Rezoning Plan Would Benefit Developers, Hurt Neighborhoods’

‘Zoning Changes Made in Haste Makes For Bad

‘Zoning Process Too Fast For CB4′

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HDC@ – March 24, 2015

Posted by on Friday, March 20, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Item 2

69 & 71-73 Greene Street – SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District

16-3169 – Block 486, Lot 25 &23, Zoned M1-5A

Community District 2, Manhattan


Two cast iron store buildings with neo-Grec style components designed by Henry Fernbach and built in 1876-77. Application is to remove the fire escapes and balconies from the front and rear facades, and to construct an entry vestibule at 71- 73 Greene Street.

Green St

Since the fire escapes will be removed, HDC asks that the fire shutters remain. As SoHo increasingly attains a polished patina, reminders of a once-industrial past have become scarce. Details like fire shutters beckon interest and whisper to the passerby of a grittier time, and these details should not be discarded.

LPC determination: Approved with modifications


Item 3

5-7 Mercer Street – SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District

16-5447– Block 230, Lot 42, Zoned M1-5B

Community District 2, Manhattan


A warehouse designed by J. B. Snook and built in 1861. Application is to install storefront infill.

5-7 Mercer historic 5-7 Mercer proposed

It is unclear when this piece of upstate New York landed in SoHo, but judging by the vehiclce in the historic photograph where the barn doors are present, it appears to be from the late 1960s or early 1970s. HDC suggests conducting some research further back in time, such as a tax photo, to determine the appropriate solution for this storefront infill. HDC is not convinced that there is a precedent for farm design elements in the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District.

LPC determination: Approved with modifications


Item 4

630 9th Avenue – Film Center Building Lobby – Interior Landmark

16-6579 – Block 1035, Lot 1, Zoned C6-2

Community District 4, Manhattan


An Art Deco style interior lobby designed by Ely Jaques Kahn and built in 1928-29. Application is to replace light fixtures, replace and relocate the lobby desk, and install doors, security turnstiles, a fire command station, and signage.

630 9th Ave

An Interior Landmark, Ely Jacques Kahn’s Mayan Revival Art Deco lobby draws from pre-Columbian influences, including stepped pyramids, asserting a distinct geometry. The proposed desk is unacceptable, as it is curvilinear and looks like it belongs as a cash register counter in a streamlined, Moderne diner, not in this masterpiece space.

The tile floor pattern is described in the designation as “lend[ing] a strong directional quality to the space.”The implied circulation which is guided by shapes and patterns in the floor leads people to the desk and then to the elevator bank. Removing the desk as a gateway to the elevator bank and placing it against the wall disrupts the user’s experience of a lobby described as “one of Kahn’s most striking designs.”

Finally, the proposed light fixtures have the appearance of fluorescent tubes and are antithetical to the Art Deco aesthetic. Art Deco lighting is dimmed and always indirect light, usually applied to reflective surfaces such as marble. A lobby of this design caliber had custom-designed sconces at one time, as revealed by Avery Archives and we ask that these designs be replicated. The cumulative alterations as currently proposed for this space are severe detractions to Kahn’s symmetrical, considered composition.

LPC determination: No Action

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HDC@LPC 3/17/2015

Posted by on Monday, March 16, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

HDC regularly reviews every public proposal affecting Individual Landmarks and buildings within Historic Districts in New York City, and when needed, we comment on them. Our testimony for the latest items to be presented at the Landmarks Preservation Commission is below.

Items 1-4

34-20 79th Street- Jackson Heights Historic District

16-7504 – Block 1265, Lot 11, Zoned R7-1

Community District 3, Queens


A Moderne style garden apartment building within a complex, designed by Andrew J. Thomas, and built in 1938-39. Application is to replace stucco siding with brick.

Dunolly stucco Dunolly

Dunolly Court was the last garden apartment complex constructed in the Jackson Heights Historic District, completed in 1939. Its streamlined, spare design and smooth brick surfaces speak to its era, while the chunky stucco–not so much. Since the rear facades were designed in the same manner as the front facades, the applicant should take care to identify and select the correct brick pattern in the locations where the stucco will be removed, or otherwise this masterful, Moderne composition will be compromised.

 LPC determination: APPROVED


Item 7

363 Greenwich Street-Tribeca West Historic District

16-6251 – Block 181, Lot 7502, Zoned C6-2A

Community District 1, Manhattan


An Italianate style store and loft building designed by Gage Inslee and built in 1866. Application is to install storefront infill and areaway railings.

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From what HDC could discern from the rendering of the proposed storefront, it appears that the historic, round cast-iron columns will be flattened and transformed into Doric pilasters. The Committee is optimistic that this is not the case and rather that the original columns will be painted and adopted into the new storefront, as they add the most character and value to this storefront.

 LPC determination: APPROVED


Item 8

317 West 11th Street – Greenwich Village Historic District

16-0478 – Block 634, Lot 33, Zoned R6

Community District 2, Manhattan


A Greek Revival style rowhouse built in 1845 and altered between 1928 -1934. Application is to construct a rooftop bulkhead, reconstruct an existing rear extension, and excavate the rear yard.

317 W 11

This application is an example of a huge intervention in a very old part of the city, architecture-wise. While the Committee found the stoop and bulkhead construction appropriate, we regret the loss of the rear tea porch, which is a rare feature of which very few remain in New York City. The removal of the porch is merely forfeiting fabric for taste—the applicant is not extending this part of the house, only cladding it in glass. A stoop replacement does not legitimize the loss of the rear façade and excavation of the entire backyard.

 LPC determination: APPROVED


Item 10

223 West 13th Street – Greenwich Village Historic District

16-6754 – Block 618, Lot 51, Zoned R6

Community District 2, Manhattan


A Italianate style rowhouse built in 1851. Application is to alter the facade and excavate the front areaway.

223 W 13 223 W 13 scope

HDC regrets the failed cementitious application to this brick house and holds that conducting the same method of repair is a misstep.  The Committee saw the scars on the brick from the lath and understands that this appears less than perfect. One saving grace on this building is that the mortar is pigmented pink: a solution to mask the imperfections is applying a thin, tinted cement wash over the bricks. The current height of the stucco is distracting, and this building would appear its best as an all brick house, as it was intended to be.



Item 12

471 West 21st Street – Chelsea Historic District

16-4988 – Block 719, Lot 2, Zoned R7B, C2-5

Community District 4, Manhattan


An Italianate style rowhouse built in 1853. Application is to construct a rear yard addition.

471 W 21 proposed 471 W 21

HDC found the rear yard addition to be appropriate in terms of scale and fenestration. As this building’s rear is exposed nearly full-width and height next to a public park, HDC suggests cladding the new addition in a limestone-hued painted brick rather than blocky limestone panels, therefore preserving the appearance of the historic district from the public way.



Item 13

485 7th Avenue, aka 481-489 7th Avenue and 155-163 West 36th Street, Mills Hotel No. 3 – Individual Landmark

16-7603 – Block 812, Lot 1, Zoned M1-6

Community District 5, Manhattan


A neo-Renaissance style residential hotel building designed by Copeland & Dole and built in 1906-07. Application is to alter the base of the building, remove a chimney, alter interior light courts, replace storefront infill and signage, and construct a rooftop addition.

Mills Hotel proposed milles hotel historic

The applicant proposes to return the rusticated limestone piers in the form of CMUs to the corners of this building, which is fantastic. HDC would like to see more piers per façade treated in this manner, as this would visually anchor what is a grand, imposing building. The building’s massing will correctly read as heavy with the reintroduction of the piers, and the applicant has several historic photographs to identify which piers to restore.



Item 19

132 East 73rd Street – Upper East Side Historic District

15-7421 – Block 1407, Lot 61, Zoned R8B

Community District 8, Manhattan


A neo-Grec style rowhouse designed by William McNamara built in 1879-80 and altered in the Medieval Revival style by John J. Foley in 1913. Application is to alter the facade and install an areaway fence.

132 E 73

HDC found the façade alteration a tasteful enhancement, but asks that the proposed fence align both in height and projection of the neighbor’s areaway rail at number 136 East 73rd Street to ensure continuity of the streetscape’s railings and fencing.



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Defending Historic Preservation in New York City

Posted by on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 · 22 Comments 

Bancroft DestructionThe demolition of The Bancroft Building

Although community advocates have achieved some big successes in recent years gaining long-sought landmark designations and thwarting (or at least modifying) destructive proposals to historic buildings, historic preservation as both a strategy and as a philosophy is under attack as never before. Emboldened by years of record growth, the Real Estate Board of New York, the principal lobbyist for organized real estate, has been relentless in its campaign to undermine the Landmarks Law and all community preservation efforts. They are accusing preservation efforts of driving up housing costs, endangering affordable housing, stopping job creation and economic growth, protecting worthless buildings and penalizing home and business owners with costly fees and delays. To hear them tell it, landmark designation will transform New York into a lifeless museum city with a “look but don’t touch” mentality. HDC feels that nothing could be further from the truth. REBNY even pursued a serious lobbying effort to transform and weaken the Landmarks Law through a series of bills which would transform how the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated and regulated historic properties. Through HDC’s mobilization of the preservation community, this specific effort was defeated but the threat to preservation laws and historic buildings is still very real.

Preservation practices empower communities, celebrate our history, drive economic growth and sustain development efforts. Preservation enhances our streetscapes, nurtures tourism, encourages investment and employs local labor. It is a popular, populist movement driven by regular New Yorkers who value their homes and their city. The Historic Districts Council works with community groups throughout the five boroughs on efforts to save, preserve and enhance the special character of New York’s historic neighborhoods. We work with communities from areas as different as the Upper West Side and Bedford-Stuyvesant on the shared goal of empowering the community to have a voice in determining their own future. These two communities are ones whose efforts we honored at the Grassroots Preservation Awards and whose successes have been targeted as “over-reaching” by the real estate lobby.

HDC will continue counter arguing REBNY as long as they continue to release studies based on lies  and misconceptions. The threat that REBNY faces to New Yorker’s is very real. Through HDC’s mobilization and education we have been able to keep the preservation community strong, but we will never be as loud as REBNY. We need all the support of our neighborhood partners, history lovers, and lovers of New York.

Additional Resources:

Preservation and Job Creation



 HDC continues to vigilantly defend New York City’s Landmarks Law and promotes efforts to strengthen protections for historic buildings. This section will be updated regularly with current events regarding this issue.

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HDC@LPC – March 3, 2015

Posted by on Monday, March 2, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

HDC regularly reviews every public proposal affecting Individual Landmarks and buildings within Historic Districts in New York City, and when needed, we comment on them. Our testimony for the latest items to be presented at the Landmarks Preservation Commission is below.



141 Clinton Street – Brooklyn Heights Historic District

163916 – Block 268, lot 23, Zoned R6 & LH-1

Community District 2, Brooklyn


An Anglo-Italianate style rowhouse built c. 1853. Application is to construct a rooftop stair bulkhead.

141 Clinton Street-3-crop

Our committee found the bulkhead’s visibility from Schermerhorn Street to be fairly innocuous. However, we are concerned – since the application materials did not prove it to be invisible from other public thoroughfares – about visibility from Clinton Street, as the bulkhead would disrupt the intact cornice line of the row.



54 State Street – Brooklyn Heights Historic District

167221 – Block 258, lot 137, Zoned R6

Community District 2, Brooklyn


An apartment building built in the late 19th century. Application is to alter the façade and areaway, relocate HVAC units, and legalize and modify façade and areaway alterations performed without Landmarks Preservation Commission permits.

54 State Street-5-crop

The smooth brick stretchers and thin mortar joints are an important feature of this building, so our committee asks that the applicant work with staff to match the historic brick pattern.



463 Greenwich Street – TriBeCa North Historic District

156116 – Block 225, lot 7501, Zoned C6-2A

Community District 1, Manhattan


A Romanesque Revival style warehouse designed by George W. DaCunha and built in 1854-1855. Application is to construct a rooftop bulkhead.

463 Greenwich Street-2-crop

This bulkhead is extremely visible at the edge of the building, so we would ask that the height be reconsidered. Perhaps the installation of a hydraulic elevator would help bring down the height.



146-150 Wooster Street – SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District

165750 – Block 514, lot 7 & 9, Zoned M1-5A

Community District 2, Manhattan


A garage built or altered from an earlier structure in the early 20th Century, and a parking lot. Application is to demolish the existing garage and construct a new building.

146-150 Wooster Street-5-crop

HDC commends the design of this new building. Its scale and proportions, as well as fine materials, including cast-iron and buff brick, make it a handsome and sympathetic contemporary addition to the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. We would only ask that every precaution be taken to protect the buildings on either side of it.



15 8th Avenue – Greenwich Village Historic District

166618 – Block 625, lot 42, Zoned C1-6/R7

Community District 2, Manhattan


A Greek Revival style rowhouse built in 1845. Application is to legalize the replacement of window lintels without a Landmarks Preservation Commission permit.

15 8th Avenue-3-crop

15 8th Avenue-4-crop

HDC finds the installed lintels to be too simple compared to the historic lintels, which were more articulated. If molded lintels are desired here, we ask that they match the historic material found on this rowhouse.



282 West 4th Street – Greenwich Village Historic District

162099 – Block 622, lot 48, Zoned R6

Community District 2, Manhattan


Two combined and modified Greek Revival style rowhouses built in 1841.  Application is to excavate a sub-cellar level, alter the facades, and construct rooftop additions.

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282 West 4th Street-6-crop

Sacrificing the roofline at a very important corner in the Greenwich Village Historic District for the convenience of an elevator to the roof seems like a feeble argument. The proposed rooftop additions are very tall, especially the elevator bulkhead. We ask that the applicant consider other ways to access the roof, including either a hydraulic elevator or a Limited Use/Limited Access elevator, which would take up less room. Also, our committee had concerns about the amount of proposed excavation in such a fragile neighborhood, and finds the blackened bronze to be an inappropriate material choice for the front door.



57 Greenwich Avenue – Greenwich Village Historic District

151330 – Block 613, lot 61, C2-6

Community District 2, Manhattan


A Greek Revival style residence built in 1844-45. Application is to modify a masonry opening.

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57 Greenwich Avenue-3-crop

HDC finds that the enlargement of this window does not make a huge difference on the façade. However, we would ask, that since the interior is being redesigned, perhaps the kitchen could be vented by opening one of the blind windows. This would be a less heavy-handed approach to the exterior.



17 East 80th Street – Metropolitan Museum Historic District

162686 – Block 1492, lot 11, Zoned R8B

Community District 8, Manhattan


A French-classic style mansion designed by C. P. H. Gilbert and built in 1906-08. Application is to replace windows.

17 E 80-crop

HDC found this proposal innocuous overall, but suggests finding a way to retain the transom of this center window. This horizontal element is subtle, but intended, and would be an unfortunate loss.



187 Lenox Avenue – Mount Morris Park Historic District

165781 – Block 1904, lot 31, Zoned R7-2/C1-4

Community District 10, Manhattan


A Queen Anne style rowhouse built in 1886-87 with later alterations.  Application is to install a commercial storefront and alter the areaway.

187 Lenox Avenue-7-crop

HDC reviewed the plans for this storefront a few weeks ago at Public Review, and was glad to see some improvements to the proposal this time around, especially the decorative surrounds on the parlor floor windows. This work will be hugely beneficial to the building – and the new business at the ground level – as well as the overall appearance of the entire row. We find the proposed storefront to be an appropriate installation on this rowhouse.  However, while the contemporary railings at the areaway are suitable as they descend the ramp, HDC asks that the railing at street level be redesigned to match the other street-level railings on the block.


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Secret Lives Tour: E.R. Butler & Co. Decorative Hardware

Posted by on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Join HDC for a tour of E.R. Butler & Co.’s beautiful Prince Street building and impressive decorative hardware showrooms.

 Prince Street Works600showroom

Behind the doors of many of New York’s most architecturally stunning façades, are equally elegant interiors. E.R. Butler & Co. has been designing, creating and distributing fine architectural hardware and decorative furnishings in the spirit of 19th-century American craft since 1990. Their Manhattan showroom is located in the buildings which were once the home to the legendary Prince Street Works, the silver department of Tiffany & Co. Rhett Butler, founder of E.R. Butler, will guide the tour through the charming cast iron and brick building on Prince Street and into the showrooms which house an archive of more than 25,000 pieces.

Tuesday,  February 24,2015


$35 for Friends of HDC, students and seniors, $45 for general public

Secret Lives Tour: ER Butler & Co. Decorative Hardware


If you have any questions, please contact Brigid Harmon at or 212-614-9107.

The exact meeting location will be emailed to registrants the week prior to the tour. Space is limited.


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