7 West 54th Street (The former Lehman Mansion), application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for construction of a penthouse addition and rear yard extension, installation of rooftop mechanical equipment and replacement and restoration of windows.
WHEREAS, The limestone townhouse building located at 7 West 54th Street was designed in the Beaux Arts style by John H. Duncan, constructed in 1899-1900, and designated an individual landmark in 1981; and
WHEREAS, The building, constructed as a residential building, used for commercial space for the past ten years, and currently vacant, was purchased by the applicant to be used as the headquarters of Zimmer Lukas Partners, a financial services firm; and
WHEREAS, The applicant proposes, as part of an interior renovation of the building, constructing a recessed penthouse addition, placing new mechanical equipment on the roof, adding an infill extension to the rear lot line on the second and third floors of the building, and replacing the windows on the first, third and fourth floors, and restoring the existing windows on the second and fifth floors; and
WHEREAS, Although the applicant was not asked to construct a “mock-up” of the new penthouse by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the penthouse will consist of a greenhouse set back 25 feet from the south façade of the building and interior rooms set back an additional 20 feet, so as to match the profile of existing penthouses on the adjacent buildings and will not be visible from the street; and
WHEREAS, The rear extension and mechanical equipment will not be visible from the street; and
WHEREAS, The new windows will be wood one-over-one double hung and match the existing windows; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for construction of a penthouse addition and rear yard extension, installation of rooftop mechanical equipment and replacement and restoration of windows at 7 West 54th Street.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 26 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.