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40 West 22nd Street (Ladies' Mile Historic District), Application for Replacement Of Awning/Marquee

WHEREAS, 40 West 22nd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues) is a 12-story neo-Renaissance store and loft building, located within the Ladies' Mile Historic District and characteristic of the later development phase of the district; and

WHEREAS, The building, designed by Korn & Zipkes and constructed in 1909-10, is 46 feet wide, faced in stone and buff-colored brick, has a three-story base framed in a heavy rusticated stone architrave with a keystone supporting a stone parapet with balusters at each end; and

WHEREAS, The building successfully applied for, and has completed, renovations to the lower levels of the façade in 2009; and

WHEREAS, The owners are now requesting permission to replace the previous awning with a new awning/marquee that provides shelter for tenants and guests while continuing the design approach of the above-noted new entryway; and

WHEREAS, The focus of this work was to replace additions that distracted from the original building details with elements that are consonant with the original design; and

WHEREAS, The proposed awning/marquee will be 3'8" x 5'3" and consist of canvas mounted within a fenestration area of the façade of glass, metal and wood framed by rusticated stone; and

WHEREAS, The new awning/marquee will be restrained in keeping with the original building design and be approximately 8" in height; and

WHEREAS, Subdued lighting will be included under and within the awning/marquee; and

WHEREAS, The awning/marquee will serve as a sound buffer for occupants living above the entry way so that noise from visitors using the intercom will be reduced; and

WHEREAS, The installation will not require any alterations to the building or original materials; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of the application for the replacement of the awning/marquee at 40 West 22nd Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 33 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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