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21 & 23 West 26th Street, application for awning restoration, replacement in kind of signage and brick restoration at No. 21; replacement of two (2) transom windows and addition of a rooftop extension partially visible from 25th street at No. 23.

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2022, the following resolution passed with a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 21 & 23 West 26th Street were constructed in 1880-80 and 1922, respectively, as offices for members of the Astor family; and

WHEREAS, No. 21 is a two-story Queen Anne style building made of brick, granite and terracotta, to which a third story was added in 1991 consisting of metal and glass; and No. 23, is a three-story Colonial revival style building made of brick and cast stone; and

WHEREAS, The buildings are in the Madison Square North Historic District designated on June 26, 2001; and

WHEREAS, In connection with a proposed combination of the buildings and renovation of the interiors, at No. 21 the applicant proposes to replace the existing sign in kind, replace the awning fabric to match the historic awning in color and pattern, and repair the historic awning mechanism to be operable, if possible; and

WHEREAS, At No. 23, the applicant proposes to replace two (2) transom windows and a shutter to match the profiles of the existing windows and shutters and install a 4th floor rooftop addition which would be similar in appearance to the adjacent 1991 3rd story addition at No. 21, taking color and material clues from the green standing seam roof and red aluminum framed windows at No. 21; and

WHEREAS, The proposed 4th floor rooftop addition at No. 23 would be visible only from specific points on 25th street but would not be visible at all from 26th street; and

WHEREAS, None of the work proposed for either building would detract in any way from the character of the neighborhood while the proposed changes to the building facades are positive; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for proposed alterations at 21 and 23 West 26th Street.

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