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104 West 40th Street, application for an exterior louver master plan

WHEREAS, The Springs Mills Building, 104 West 40th Street, constructed in 1962, was designed by the prominent New York architectural firm, Harrison & Abramowitz, who collaborated on many significant mid-20th Century projects in New York, including structures at Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Columbia University and the State Capital of New York at Albany; and

WHEREAS, This building was designated an individual NYC Landmark March 13, 2010  adding its distinctive chamfered tower to the city's growing list of Modern buildings under landmark protection; and

WHEREAS, Its current owners, Savannah Partners, have applied to LPC for approval of a Master Plan to install louvers on the westerly facade of the building, the side not visible from Bryant Park, from the 11th to the 20th floors with other louvers for the lower floors to be placed facing an interior courtyard exterior wall, not visible at all from the public way; and

WHEREAS, Any existing louvers, now randomly located, will be replaced with glass and all the louvers will be placed harmoniously in a vertical pattern at the southerly portion of the western facade to minimize the visual appearance from the street; and

WHEREAS, The louvers will cover mechanical equipment needed to ventilate and air condition the building and will measure 18" X 19 3/4" and will be a dark green grey in color; and 

WHEREAS, The louvers will be installed as tenants require them on a floor by floor basis in horizontal bands above three adjacent windows on each floor; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the Louver Master Plan for 104 West 40th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.


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