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488 Madison Avenue Application For Storefront Renovations.

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, 488 Madison Avenue is an Individual Landmark located on the west side of Madison Avenue, between 51st and 52nd Street; and

WHEREAS, The 21-story office building was constructed in 1948-50 and designed by the architectural firm of  Emery Roth & Sons; and 

WHEREAS, This building is commonly known as the Look Building, named after its primary tenant, the former magazine of the same name; and

WHEREAS,  The Look Building marks the time that European Modernism first began to transform mid-20th century office buildings in Manhattan; and

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks to make alterations to building's storefront, signage, interior and windows; including:

a)      Replacing storefront in-fill with materials and colors more in keeping with the original design,

b)      Re-establishing to the extent possible the original front-door canopy including the street numbers as they were originally designed,

c)      Providing a master plan for the uniform placement of signage,

d)     Having the storefront stainless steel mullions correspond to the curtain wall aluminum mullions above; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to make alterations to the landmark site located at 488 Madison Avenue. 

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