16 West 22nd Street: Application for Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the main entrance, install a canopy, install lighting, and alter façade windows.
WHEREAS, 16 West 22nd Street, is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District and was built by architect William Harvey Birkmire in 1910; and
WHEREAS, The building is 12 stories high with a mostly original wood and metal storefront as well as non-original entry doors; and
WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to alter the main building entrance by installing new Herculite frameless doors, install two new lighting fixtures, and restore wood components of the original storefront facade; and
WHEREAS, The applicant also proposes to install a glass, steel and aluminum canopy with brass pin letters which would require alteration to the original transom windows and framing above the building entrance; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has determined that the proposed frameless doors are too modern for this building, and that the proposed canopy is not contextual with this building or the historic district; and
WHEREAS, The Landmarks Preservation Commission has already approved the placement and installation of light fixtures at the proposed site at an earlier time, and Community Board Five does not feel that the proposed lighting is out of context with the landmark; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application unless the proposed modern frameless entry doors are changed to a framed door more commonly found within the district, and the proposed canopy is removed from the application as it is deemed inappropriate for this district, be it further
RESOLVED, Community Board Five also urges the building owners to discuss the installation of approved, appropriate and contextual doors at all building entry points with the current/future retail tenants in order to promote a uniform appearance.