31 West 21st Street, application for a beautification program.
WHEREAS, 31 West 21st Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues) is an eleven story, fifty-six foot wide Beaux-Arts store and loft building built in 1907 and located within the Ladies Mile Historic District; and
WHEREAS, The building is constructed of stone, brick and metal and has a three-story stone base that retains much of its original detail, including stone piers and a frieze containing triglyphs, bezants, and Greek key molding; and
WHEREAS, The first story contained three entrances including non-period doors and topped by projecting stone lintels flanked by non-period plate glass display windows crowned by decorative metal panels; and
WHEREAS, The application is for repairs on the first story only, including correction of stucco and limestone cracks, replacement of missing or loose limestone sealer, new gutters, and aluminum fascia and glazing panels; and
WHEREAS, The application includes the replacement of non-period awnings with glass awnings including flat tops and metal decorative elements and the addition of six period light fixtures; and
WHEREAS, Research has not revealed design details pertaining to the original building; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of the request to undertake the items stated above while urging the owners of 31 West 21st Street to continue reclamation of the building's façade by replacing the modern doors now installed with period-appropriate doors.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 33 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.