Certificate of Appropriateness Testimony

HDC@LPC Testimony for December 6, 2022

Certificate of Appropriateness Testimony

48 West 85th Street- Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District
A Queen Anne style rowhouse with neo-Grec elements designed by Thom & Wilson and built in 1886-87. Application is to construct rooftop and rear yard additions.
Architect: DXA studio
HDC finds this proposed rear-yard addition to be inappropriate. In particular, we note that it has become customary for the top two floors of row house rear walls to be left unaltered in terms of bulk and fenestration. Additionally, we find the proportion of glass to masonry on the lower three floors of the extension to be awkward and decidedly institutional in appearance. We ask the commission and the applicant to study and revise this addition.
Action: Approved 10-1 with modification to reduce rear-yard addition by 1 floor

46 Jane Street – Greenwich Village Historic District
A Greek Revival style rowhouse built in 1846. Application is to construct a rooftop addition.
Architect: SPAN Architecture
HDC finds this rooftop addition modest and generally appropriate, but we are concerned that the proposed glass railing at the roof will produce a glare. We suggest that the applicant choose an alternate material.
Action: Unanimously approved

242 Lafayette Street – SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District Extension
A Queen Anne style factory building designed by John Sexton and built in 1881-82. Application is to replace windows.
HDC finds this application to be unclear. We are not entirely sure which windows the applicant is attempting to replace. We note that this building’s original windows are extremely large, double-hung, weight-and-chain windows. We believe returning the windows to that original type, wood material, and configuration is the appropriate solution. 
Action: Approved 10-1

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