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1 East 27th Street (Madison Square North Historic District) Application to remove exterior wall at the ground floor to construct a one story addition and to install storefront infill

WHEREAS, 1 East 27th Street is located in the Madison Square North Historic District, a five-story, Italianate club house built in 1890-91 by the architect Robert H. Roberson as an extension to the adjacent Reform Club at 233 Fifth Avenue, and

WHEREAS The buildings remain conjoined and the current owner has applied to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to:

            1) Remove an exterior wall at the ground floor and to construct a one story addition at the rear of the building extending to the lot line to maximize the square footage as permitted by the zoning resolution.

            2) Replace the existing non-historic storefront at 1 East 27th Street with a new traditional wood and glass infill storefront.

WHEREAS, The first item is an addition to the building which will allow the occupant, Museum of Sex, to expand its operations and will contain new lavatories; and 

WHEREAS, The 25 ft. by 12 ft. addition will not be visible from the public way and will not impact the appearance of the building and could have been approved at the LPC Staff level if not for a technical issue requiring formal Commission approval; and 

WHEREAS, The second item, the storefront renovation, will serve to conform the building to the appearance of adjacent Historic District properties on East 27th Street by exposing original cast iron columns, using materials including sheet metal, painted wood and glass in keeping with historical architectural features of the District; and

WHEREAS, The changes will provide for current building code requirements such as ADA compliance, there will be no lighting for the new storefront and the signage will be limited to interior painted glass; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to remove the exterior wall at the ground floor to construct a one story addition and to install storefront infill at 1 East 27th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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