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35-37 West 39th Street, Haskins & Sells Building, proposed designation

WHEREAS, the Haskins & Sells Building, located at 35-37 West 39th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues), was constructed in 1912 by architect Frederick C. Zobel; and

WHEREAS, it served as the principle location for the accounting firm of Haskins & Sells; and

WHEREAS, it was touted as the first auditing firm founded by American accountants; and

WHEREAS, the building is a twelve-story Renaissance style structure with rounded arches, arcades, balustrading, a terra-cotta arcaded base ascending to a canted tower of blonde brick; and

WHEREAS, the large bays of windows feature ornate iron grilles and is topped by a terra-cotta frieze inlaid with marble; and

WHEREAS, the bays are separated by pilasters with sculpted relief and ornate capitals in inlaid marble rondels and a prominent corner balcony; and

WHEREAS, the architect, Mr. Zobel, is credited with advancing the techniques of skyscraper construction and designed more than 15 buildings in New York; and

WHEREAS, the building continues to feature many original details; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of Landmark designation for the Haskins & Sells Building at 35-37 West 39th Street, recognizing its position as an example of early 20th century neo-Renaissance style and its position in the business history of New York City.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 22 in favor; 3 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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