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43 East 20th Street, Application for restoration of building façade, windows, and roof in conjunction with an Application for a 74-711 Zoning Change of Use.

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, March 13, 2014, the following resolution passed with a vote of : 38 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

WHEREAS, 43 East 20th Street is an eight story neo-Renaissance style mixed commercial and residential use building located on East 20th Street between Broadway and Park Avenues within the Ladies Mile Historic District, and was commissioned and constructed by Caroline Brimley in 1899-1901 to the design of architect Ervin G. Gollner; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five recognizes and appreciates the Applicant's 2012-2013 efforts to restore the building's original limestone façade to its historic condition; and

WHEREAS, Applicant now proposes to replace existing non-historic aluminum and wood windows on the 3rd, 4th, and 8th floors with wood double-hung windows to match originals, including brick molding and an arch at the 8th floor, and repair the original 2nd floor windows; and

WHEREAS, Applicant proposes to restore a missing roof cornice in fiberglass to match the existing historic cornice, and light the new cornice with subtle uplights at the top of the 6th floor; and

WHEREAS, Applicant proposes to replace a two-story existing painted wall sign with a modern advertisement on the top of the building's West façade; and

WHEREAS, This Application is in conjunction with an Application for a 74-711 Zoning Change of Use from part commercial and part residential to all residential, excepting the ground floor, which currently operates as a restaurant; and

WHEREAS, Applicant will provide the Landmarks Preservation Commission with a formal report outlining a Plan that will be filed as a Deed Restriction providing a program for the continuing maintenance and preservation of the historic elements of the building, and

WHEREAS, Applicant will obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Preservation Commission stating that the proposed modifications to the building are harmonious with the Ladies Mile Historic District, and

WHEREAS, Applicant's proposed restoration and/or replacement of a two-story painted advertisement on the building's West façade does not harmoniously relate to the Ladies Mile Historic District, and is therefore unsuitable; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to restore the facade, windows, and roof of 43 East 20th Street unless the restoration and/or replacement of the two-story painted brick sign on the building's West façade is not included in the plan. 

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