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3 East 57th Street, application to change facade of the lower two floors of a landmark building

WHEREAS, 3 East 57th Street is known as the former L.P. Hollander and Company Building, built 1929-1930 in Art Deco style by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon; and

WHEREAS, This building was landmarked in 2003 and it was noted by Landmark Preservation Commission at the time that although the building is almost entirely intact above the second floor, the lower two floors do not retain any original detail; and

WHEREAS, The current retail tenant, Yves Saint Laurent, occupies the lower two floors of the building and wishes to change the material of the lower two floors, install a flag pole, install new signage, alter the second-floor windows, re-instate egress doors on the east and west sides of the building, and alter the entrances to the building lobby and the retail space; and

WHEREAS, The applicant wishes to remove the existing granite cladding of the ground and second floors and replace it with veined white "statuary premium" marble in accordance to the retail tenant's new marketing image; and

WHEREAS, The proposed façade would be further drifting from original material and design and is inappropriate for the Art Deco building; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to alter the façade of 3 East 57th Street.

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