160 Lexington Avenue, application to install louvers at the 2nd floor and 7th floor, a louvered door at cellar areaway, new lighting fixtures on the 1st floor and cellar levels, and an ADA intercom at the 1st floor.
WHEREAS 160 Lexington Avenue is a five-story brick and stone neo-classical institutional building designed by Harvey Wiley Corbett of the firm Bell & Corbett, which was constructed in 1908-1909 as the Pratt-New York Phoenix School of Design and designated as an individual landmark in 1977; and
WHEREAS, The applicant has applied to LPC to perform the following work:
WHEREAS, During the LPC review process, the owner proceeded with the work that is the subject of the application prior to presenting such work to Community Board Five and prior to receiving LPC approval; therefore, the present application is to legalize such work; and
WHEREAS, Having reviewed the changes as made to the building, Community Board Five finds the work to have minimal visual impact on the building and to be an overall improvement of its prior condition; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has expressed a desire for more historic lighting fixtures and for the 7th floor (roof) louvers to better match the existing roof; and
WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed consider different lighting fixtures and ways reduce the visual impact of the 7th floor (roof) louvers in consultation with LPC staff; and
WHEREAS, Although Community Board Five would have preferred to have had input prior to such work being performed, Community Board Five appreciates the applicant’s willingness to consider changes in response to Community Board Five’s concerns; and
WHERAS, Community Board Five finds the overall work to be appropriate to the landmark; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to install louvers at the 2nd floor and 7th floor (roof), a louvered door at cellar areaway, new lighting fixtures on the 1st floor and cellar levels, and an ADA intercom at the 1st floor of 160 Lexington Avenue, provided the 7th floor louvers color match existing roof and lighting fixtures are more respectful of historic nature of building.