HDC@LPC October 29, 2013

Item 1
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS
BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN
143889- Block 1717, lot 152-
40 West 119th Street – Mount Morris Park Historic District
A Queen Anne style rowhouse designed by G.A. Schellenger and built in 1891. Application is to construct a rear yard addition.

HDC finds the proposed addition too tall for this row of twelve houses.  The only other addition here is just one story (the basement) compared to the proposed’s three stories (two stories plus the basement).  We ask that the proposed addition be lowered.

LPC determination:  no action

 

Item 2
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS
BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN
146793- Block 2134, lot 250-
156-08 Riverside Drive West – Audubon Park Historic District
A Medieval Revival style apartment house designed by George G. Miller, and built in 1930. Application is to replace terra cotta balconetts with fiberglass balconettes.

Item 3
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS
BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN
146794- Block 2134, lot 200-
775 Riverside Drive – Audubon Park Historic District
A Medieval revival style apartment house designed by George G. Miller and built in 1930. Application is to replace terra cotta balconetts with fiberglass balconettes.

HDC is concerned about the use of fiberglass to replace terra cotta balconettes.  While the photographs show that replacements are needed, HDC is concerned with the choice of a vastly inferior substitute material, fiberglass, to replace the fine hand-pressed terra cotta of the original design.  The fiberglass will not age or weather in a similar way to other terra cotta on the buildings, and the technology is still relatively new with no long term performance and durability data available.  Instead we ask that what original material is salvageable be cleaned and reinstalled along with any replica terra cotta units that may be needed.

LPC determination:  no action

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