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.