Engine Company Number 23, 215 West 58th Street – Application for certificate of appropriateness to install new partially visible kitchen exhaust silencer on roof
WHEREAS, Engine Company Number 23, built in 1905-06 and designated as an individual landmark in 1989, was designed by Alexander H. Stevens in a straightforward Beaux-Arts style that served as a model for subsequent firehouse design; and
WHEREAS, Due of the surrounding residential construction, the kitchen exhaust system on the roof is required to have a silencer; and
WHEREAS, The kitchen exhaust silencer is partially visible along a small section the south side of 58th Street and requires a public hearing before the Landmarks Preservation Commission; and
WHEREAS, The kitchen exhaust silencer rises 11' 4" above the roof and is made of stainless steel; and
WHEREAS, Due to code requirements with respect to distance from the surrounding buildings, the kitchen exhaust silencer cannot be located where it is not visible from the street; and
WHEREAS, The kitchen exhaust silencer will be less visible than an existing boiler flue which is being removed from the roof and will blend into the backdrop of the surrounding taller buildings; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the installation of a new partially visible kitchen exhaust silencer on the roof of Engine Company Number 23 at 215 West 58th Street.