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1158-1160 Broadway Application to Modify the Building Façade

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, October 10, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 23 in favor; 15 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 1158-1160 Broadway, aka 19 West 27th Street, is located in the Madison Square North Historic District and this is an application to modify the building's façade; and

WHEREAS, 1158 Broadway is a brick building constructed as a store in 1880-81 and 1160 Broadway was constructed in 1871 as a mixed-use commercial and residential building; and

WHEREAS, In 1959 the buildings were joined into one tax lot and re-clad by prominent retail sector architects, Telchin & Companella, known for their mid-century modern style; and

WHEREAS, In the designation report for the Historic District the building's façade was characterized as non-historic; and

WHEREAS, The non-historic vertical black and red stripes with grey sheet metal stripes were designed to orient the eye vertically and away from the horizontal differences of the windows between the two parts of the buildings; and

WHEREAS, The structure has deteriorated to an unsafe condition and the applicant made emergency repairs to the façade under the guidance of LPC staff; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has elected to apply a limestone color paint on the red and black brick in an attempt to imitate the buildings on either side of the applicant under the guidance of LPC staff; and

WHEREAS, The applicant believes that the 1959 façade would be enhanced by the application of a non-historic "cornice;" therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the proposed modifications of the building's façade at 1158-1160 Broadway, aka 19 West 27th Street.

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