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574 Sixth Avenue, application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

WHEREAS, 574 Sixth Avenue, in the Ladies' Mile Historic District, is a 4-story commercial building, built in 1903-04 and designed by Simeon Eisendrath Architects located on the north east corner of 16th Street, designated a Landmark in July 1990; and

WHEREAS, The windows on the second through fourth floors were originally constructed as wood framed windows, in a combination of pivot , fixed and operable windows with operable transoms; and

WHEREAS, Many of these windows have deteriorated and are beyond repair, and windows on the fourth floors have already been replaced at the time of designation; and

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks to replace all windows on both Sixth Avenue and 16th Street elevation on the second through fourth floors with more energy efficient insulated glass windows in aluminum frames, painted brown; and

WHEREAS, The proposed windows will maintain the original sightlines and divided light mullion patterns; and

WHEREAS, There have been inconsistent alterations to the existing windows to accommodate individual air-conditioning units, and the applicant submitted a master plan to LPC, but at their suggestion it has been removed from the application; and

WHEREAS, While the loss of the 13 Chicago-style pivot windows on the 2nd and 3rd floors is regrettable, the design of the new windows is sympathetic to the original design and will still be operable but as a hopper-style window tilting in; and

WHEREAS, The owner expressed safety and insurance concerns with 7'-6" wide pivot windows; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for 574 Sixth Avenue.

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