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160 5th Avenue and 21st Street, Ladies’ Mile Historic District, application for alterations

WHEREAS, 160 Fifth Avenue (at 21st Street), Manhattan, is located in the Ladies mile Historic District, was built in 1891 and was subject to extensive alterations in 1911 - 1912 when Fifth Avenue was widened and the front stoop and stairs, leading into what was then the building's entrance, were removed; and

WHEREAS, In the 1930's the building materials at this entrance were changed to red granite and subsequently the building entrance was moved to 21st Street from Fifth Avenue, resulting in the former entrance now being part of a retail store on Fifth Avenue; and 

WHEREAS, The building owner has applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness to change the design and material at this former entrance to match the rest of the building facade, including entablature designs, restoration of piers, 18" - 20" setback of what is now an entrance to a retail store, a grill interpretation above the doors; and

WHEREAS, Only a central column shown in historical photographs at this entrance is not included in the new design because it would interfere with the configuration of the entrance doors; and

WHEREAS, The new design is a vast overall improvement of the existing condition and materials; therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for alterations of former Entrance/Storefront for 160 5th Avenue (Ladies Mile Historic District).

The above resolution passed by a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining; 1 present not entitled to vote.

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